Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

October 3, 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

-- DRAFT WA SCIENCE STANDARDS
-- SMOG BLOG DEBUTS
-- REAL COLLEGE LIFE (9-12)
-- ANTARCTIC RESEARCH CHALLENGE (4-8)
-- CELEBRATE WORLD SPACE WEEK (K-12)

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DRAFT WA SCIENCE STANDARDS

On Oct. 6, the first public draft of the revised science standards for Washington will be released by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. OSPI will be conducting an online survey from Oct. 6-17.

Three public forums are scheduled, beginning on October 7 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Avenue South, Seattle. Forums are also scheduled for the same time on October 9 at Kennewick High School, 500 S. Dayton, Kennewick, and on October 15 at ESD 112, 2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver. No RSVP is needed.

For copies of the draft and to participate in the survey, beginning Oct. 6, go to the OSPI web site at

http://www.k12.wa.us

SMOG BLOG DEBUTS

The new MesoAmerican and Caribbean Smog Blog, developed by NASA and its international partners, provides timely information about air pollution and its sources in the region.

Spanish-language posts are made at least three times per week by trained personnel using information from satellites, air quality forecast models and soon-to-be-operational ground-based monitors. For more information, go to

http://www.nasa.gov/servir

REAL COLLEGE LIFE (9-12)

Designed with students' input and participation, College.gov aims to motivate students with inspirational stories and information about planning, preparing and paying for college.

The site, created by the U.S. Department of Education, is intended to be a go-to online resource for credible information about college that also provides real life experiences of peers already in school. For more information, visit

http://www.college.gov

ANTARCTIC RESEARCH CHALLENGE (4-8)

The Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) is the first-ever true-color high-resolution satellite view of the Antarctic continent enabling everyone to see Antarctica as it appears in real life.

In the LIMA II: Antarctic Research Challenge, students are asked to develop a research question and argue the value of studying a feature based on this new view of Antarctica. Registration is now open and the proposal deadline is November 5. Educator guides are available to all. For more information, visit

http://quest.nasa.gov/challenges/lima

CELEBRATE WORLD SPACE WEEK (K-12)

World Space Week commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957. From October 4-10, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities in the classroom to promote student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This year, $500 teacher grants will be awarded for the most creative use of space in the classroom during World Space Week. For more information about World Space Week, visit

http://www.worldspaceweek.org/index.html

As part of World Space Week, UC Berkeley and Stanford University are promoting activities and discussions about the Sun's massive storms and their affect on Earth. Activities are available at

http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/segway/WSW.html

FEEDBACK

Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at isvete@u.washington.edu

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