March 19, 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
-- GALILEOSCOPES FOR IYA
-- MARS ROVER NAMING BEGINS (K-12)
-- ETHICS IN SCIENCE CLASSROOM (9-12)
-- PROJECT BUDBURST (K-12)
-- KEPLER MISSION VIDEOCONFERENCE (K-12)
-- TEACH SCIENCE WORKSHOPS (K-12)
The Galileoscope is a high-quality, low-cost telescope kit developed for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 by a team of leading astronomers, optical engineers, and science educators.
Through the scope, viewers can see the wonders Galileo Galilei first glimpsed 400 years ago, including lunar craters and mountains, four moons circling Jupiter, the phases of Venus, Saturn's rings, and countless stars invisible to the unaided eye.
The scopes are $15 each plus shipping, or U.S. $12.50 each plus shipping for orders of 100 or more. For more information, see
On March 23, NASA will open online voting for the nine names that are finalists for the agency's Mars Science Laboratory mission. More than 9,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12 grades submitted essays proposing names for the rover.
The student who submitted the winning name will be invited to JPL to sign the rover. Additionally, 30 student semi-finalists will have an opportunity to place an individual message on the chip. To view the names and cast a vote, go to
Applications are now open for the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research's Ethics in the Science Classroom summer program for secondary science teachers. The program includes a weeklong residential course focused on the research process and related ethical aspects, a second week of direct research experience, and two and one-half days of follow up during the school year.
The application deadline is March 27. Teachers will receive an $800 stipend for their participation, $100 of which will be withheld until the follow-up sessions are completed and student survey materials are returned. Clock hours and graduate credit are available. For more information, see
Project BudBurst is a national field campaign for citizen scientists designed to engage the public in the collection of important climate change data based on the timing of leafing and flowering of trees and flowers. Participants take careful observations of the phenological events and their observations are reported to the national Project BudBurst database.
The project provides teaching materials and classroom activities designed for each grade level to effectively implement Project BudBurst in the K-12 classroom setting. For more information, see
NASA's Digital Learning Network will present videoconference on the Kepler Mission where educational product producers, authors and experts demonstrate NASA materials designed to optimize awareness and understanding of related science concepts. Participants will be able to submit questions to the presenter that will be addressed during the presentation.
The Kepler Mission conference takes place March 25 at 4-5 p.m. (EST). For more information, see
Pennsylvania Space Grant is offering a series of six NASA-related summer workshops for K-12 teachers. Participants will receive room, board and partial travel subsidies.
Tuition subsidies are still available for out-of-state teachers. Those tuition subsidies are need-based and assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. Through the Chandra Mission, minority teachers and those who teach at schools with high minority enrollment are eligible for additional support for the August 2-7 workshop. 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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