September 11, 2008
WSGC Newsletter for Educators
The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium's electronic newsletter for teachers provides curriculum ideas, Internet links and other resources to help you better meet the Washington EALRs and the National Science Education Standards.TABLE OF CONTENTS
-- FREE OPEN HOUSE FOR EDUCATORS
-- SEND YOUR NAME INTO SPACE (K-12)
-- ASTRONOMY FOR INFORMAL EDUCATORS
-- NASA ECLIPS (K-12)
-- INSPIRE ONLINE COMMUNITY (9-12)
-- ASTRONOMY TEACHING EXCHANGE (10-14)
On Oct. 11, the Museum of Flight will hold a free open house for educators and their families to explore the exhibits, learn about the museum's educational programs, and discover air and space resources, products, and programs. The open house takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
From 9 a.m. to noon, there will also be a workshop for teachers of grades (4-12) designed to help STEM teachers and coordinators increase the use of computers in the classroom using free online multi-platform Google products such as Google Earth, Google Mars, and Blogger.
This workshop is taught by Google engineers, and pre-registration is required for the workshop. To register, call 206-764-1384. For more information, go to
The Kepler Mission, launching in the spring of 2009 on a search for Earth-like planets around distant stars, offers an opportunity to send your name into space on board the spacecraft.
Participants are invited to contribute their opinions about the significance of searching for other worlds (up to 500 words). The names and statements will be sent to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum as an historic record of public opinion about the search for other worlds. To send your name into space with Kepler, go to
A free astronomy workshop for informal educators will take place Nov. 17-19 at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Participants will receive a free toolkit, learn fun techniques for presenting astronomy and interpreting current events, and become part of the Astronomy from the Ground Up community, with access to ongoing resources and support.
Airfare, hotel and most meals are covered by the grant. Staff and volunteers from small and medium-sized museums, nature centers, and science centers in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Rolling admissions start September 18 with final decisions made on September 30. For more information, go to
NASA eClips consist of more than 55 short, 5-10 minute video segments, which are available on-demand via the Internet for the 2008 -2009 school year. The clips feature many of the agency's missions and are separated into grade-appropriate topics.
The program is designed as a resource for classroom teachers. Accompanying the collection of NASA eClips will be educator guides to provide teachers with examples of how to effectively use the products as instructional tools. The number of video clips available is expected to grow to more than 220 by next year. To see the clips, go to
This fall, NASA is recruiting students in grades 9-12 for INSPIRE's online community. The community is designed to add relevancy to their high school courses and include activities such as video teleconferences with NASA scientists, design competitions, and learning modules. It also allows students to interact with other students with similar interests.
The Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience, or INSPIRE, is a multi-tiered student pipeline program. Students selected to participate will be invited to compete in spring 2009 for a slot in next year's summer internships.
Students must be enrolled in grades 9-12, be a US citizen at the time of selection, have a 2.5 academic grade point average in core coursework on an unweighed 4.0 scale, and demonstrate the desire and the academic preparation to pursue a STEM-related field of study beyond high school. For more information, visit
On Nov. 1, the Center for Astronomy Education will hold a meeting for teachers of basic astronomy courses. The meeting is a chance for high school, community college and college instructors of beginning astronomy courses to discuss issues related to teaching and student learning. Fifteen minute presentations and demonstrations of activities are encouraged.
The meeting will take place from 9 a.m.-4: p.m. in Room C520 of the Physics and Astronomy Building at the University of Washington. The program will also feature discussion of using online databases in courses, an astrobiology science talk, tours of the UW rooftop observatory and the Stardust Sample Analysis Laboratory, and a reception with discussion of the upcoming International Year of Astronomy 2009.
Participants must register by October 28. Attendance is free; participants who wish to receive 9 clock hours will be charged $15. Details and the registration form can be found at
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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