February 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
-- VISIT GALAXY ZOO 2 (8-12+)
-- FREE FLOW CYTOMETRY WORKSHOP (5-12)
-- GIRLS ON ICE (9-12)
-- NAME THE SPACE STATION MODULE
-- JOIN GLOBE AT NIGHT (K-12)
Astronomers are again inviting members of the public to help them make major new discoveries by taking part in a census of one million galaxies. Galaxy Zoo 2 visitors will be able to spend more time with each of 250,000 of the brightest and most interesting galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
Since the zoo opened in 2007, the researchers followed up many visitors' classifications using the Isaac Newton and William Herschel Telescopes on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Gemini South in Chile, the WIYN telescope on Kitt Peak, Arizona, the IRAM radio telescope in Spain's Sierra Nevada, the Swift and GALEX satellites, and the Hubble Space Telescope.
To visit the site and get involved, go to
On March 14, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will host a morning workshop on free flow cytometry workshop for middle and high school teachers.
Flow cytometry is a technique for counting, examining, and sorting microscopic particles suspended in a stream of fluid. The workshop will answer questions such as how scientists and doctors identify and isolate stem cells for research and disease treatment.
Clock hours are offered and lunch provided. Attendees are welcome to attend the Northwest Regional Cytometry meeting afternoon sessions and evening reception For more information, type "Teachers' Workshop" in the subject line and email
Girls on Ice is a free and unique wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year a team of nine teenage girls and three instructors spend 11 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine landscape through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, mountaineers and, most recently, artists.
The program takes place from July 30 - August 9 on Mount Baker. The application deadline is March 15. For more information, go to
NASA is asking the public to help name the International Space Station's next module — a control tower for robotics in space and the world's ultimate observation deck.
Individuals can vote for the module's name online, choosing one of four NASA suggestions — Earthrise, Legacy, Serenity or Venture — or they can write in a name. Entry deadline is March 20.
To submit a name and to view pictures of the ISS node and cupola, visit
Two out of five Americans have never seen 90 percent of the stars in our night sky. With half the world's population now living in cities, this problem is only getting worse.
From March 16-28, the GLOBE at Night campaign asks people to take a few minutes to monitor the local night sky brightness and place their measurement online noting the location, date and time. Within a few weeks, there will be a map of light pollution levels worldwide.
To participate, visit
To learn more about the effects of light pollution and other IYA2009 Dark Skies Awareness projects, 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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