December 26, 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 PLANETARIUM SHOWS
-- PACIFIC NORTHWEST WEATHER
-- 2009: INT'L YEAR OF ASTRONOMY (K-12)
-- FREE SPACE STATION CALENDAR
-- GREAT SCIENCE FOR GIRLS (K-9)
-- NASA ENDEAVOR FELLOWSHIPS (K-12)
Seattle winters all but guarantee buckets of rain, blustery winds and -- unfortunately for stargazers -- clouds, clouds, clouds.
But you can still "see" the stars this winter. For the first time, the UW Astronomy Department Planetarium will be open for free shows every first and third Wednesday Nov. 19 through Feb. 25.
The original shows start promptly at 7 p.m. and last about an hour. For more information, visit
Meteorologist Cliff Mass -- a UW professor of atmospheric sciences and the author of "The Weather of the Pacific Northwest" -- updates his blog regularly with forecasts, local weather, regional statistics and information on weather topics such as why black ice could be considered our region's greatest weather threat.
For more information, visit
Many special events and new materials (daily podcasts, videos) will be available throughout the year. The national site is available at
For Washington events and resources, see
IYA Student Ambassador Sarah Myers of Washington State University is organizing events and classroom visits east of the Cascades. For more information, contact
On Jan. 13, Dava Sobel -- author of "Longitude" and "Galileo's Daughter" -- will give a free talk on Galileo and the International Year of Astronomy at 6:30 p.m. in Kane Hall 130 on the the UW campus. For more information, see
To mark the 10th anniversary of the International Space Station, NASA is offering a special 2009 calendar to teachers, as well as the general public. The calendar contains photographs taken from the space station and highlights historic NASA milestones and fun facts about the international construction project of unprecedented complexity that began in 1998.
To download the calendar, go to
Great Science for Girls (GSG) provides inquiry-based, informal science learning programs that will stimulate girls' curiosity, interest and persistence in science, technology, engineering and math, and also break down the barriers of gender stereotyping.
For more information on programs and curriculum, see
As part of NASA's commitment to the effective preparation of K-12 science teachers, formal educators are invited to apply to become a NASA Endeavor Fellow. Each Fellow will be fully funded to complete a unique online certificate in applied science education with Teachers College, Columbia University.
The project, or ESTCP, awards over 40 fellowships each year to in-service, alternative-route and pre-service formal educators contributing to the development of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, workforce based on NASA content and educational materials. Applications for the September 2009 cohort are due March 6.
For more information, go to
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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