January 27, 2009
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
-- EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
-- PEGGY VATTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
-- SNAPSHOTS OF EARTH FROM SPACE (5-9)
-- DAWN MARS FLYBY WORKSHOP
-- CHEMISTRY GRANTS FOR TEACHERS (K-12)
-- TEACHERS ON THE LEADING EDGE (5-9)
On February 7, the Museum of Flight will hold its free winter educator open house for K-12 public, private, and home-school teachers, administrators, and their families.
Visitors are invited to tour the exhibits, learn about the museum's educational programs, and discover air and space resources, products, and activities. For directions and other information, go to
Applications for the 2009 Peggy Vatter Memorial Scholarship are now available. Sponsored by Washington Science Teacher Association, the scholarships are intended to increase equity education in science and mathematics.
The scholarship provides up to $1,500 in funds to pursue certification in science education or in elementary education with an emphasis in science. The funds may also be awarded to certified teachers who show intent to improve skills in providing equitable science education through professional development.
The application packet must be postmarked by May 1. For more information, go to
Through ISS EarthKAM, middle school educators and their students will have a chance to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera on board the International Space Station.
The International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2009 Mission will take place February 3-6. Only teachers and those affiliated with a school or education group (a home schooling group and informal education club such as GirlsBoy Scouts) may register. Participation is free. For more information, see
On March 7, K-12 and informal educators from the region will have a unique opportunity to meet with Dawn scientists and engineers in a workshop at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland.
Dawn flies by Mars next month. As the spacecraft executes special maneuvers to shift its direction into the correct orbital plane for encountering its first intended destination, the asteroid Vesta, science and engineering teams will share key updates and information. Workshop participants will also receive curricular materials as part of this unique opportunity.
For more information and registration, go to
The Puget Sound chapter of the American Chemical Society will award one-year grants of up to $500 to area K-12 teachers.
Awards may be used for supplies and equipment for high school students conducting chemistry/sciencer demonstrations at K-9 schools; for selected chemistry journals and books, including safety and waste disposal texts; for K-12 teacher supplies and equipment to develop new chemistry experiments; and for K-12 teachers to attend chemistry courses, symposia or institutes.
Teachers are asked to submit a one-page proposal. Preference will be given to teachers who are extending their range of competence. The deadline for proposals is April 30. For more information, please contact Clarita Bhat at
Teachers on the Leading Edge, a five-day workshop on Pacific Northwest plate tectonics, geologic hazards and EarthScope science for middle school teachers, is being offered July 26-31 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
The workshop, funded through the National Science Foundation EarthScope Project,includes one field day investigating Cascadia great earthquakes and tsunami geology and one field day exploring Cascade volcanic hazards. Participants must teach in Washington state. The application deadline is April 1. 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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