March 31, 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
-- CELEBRATE ASTRONOMY (K-12)
-- APOLLO'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY (K-12)
-- EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE WORKSHOP (8-12+)
-- UW ASTRONOMY OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
-- VIRTUAL TELESCOPE (K-12)
-- NASA: THE REMIX (5-12)
On April 2, the Museum of Flight in Seattle will be open free from 5-9 p.m. as they celebrate the start of the international "100 Hours of Astronomy" project with telescope viewing (weather permitting) by local astronomy clubs and special education events, including a portable planetarium and presentations on space exploration.
The "100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone Project" is a worldwide event consisting of a wide range of public outreach activities, live science center, research observatory Webcasts and sidewalk astronomy events. One of the key goals of 100 Hours of Astronomy is to have as many people as possible look through a telescope as Galileo did for the first time 400 years ago.
For more information on the project, see
For directions to the The Museum of Flight, go to
July 2009 is the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing. To celebrate the Apollo Program and its accomplishments, NASA has created a special anniversary website.
The site features the special anniversary logo, an interactive feature about "moon trees" grown from seeds that flew on the Apollo 14 mission, and a First Footprints toolkit for use throughout the anniversary. the toolkit includes downloadable videos, images and events listings. Visit Apollo 40th Anniversary at
On May 2, a two-hour teacher workshop entitled "Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Probable or Unlikely?" brings educators together for a conversation with SETI pioneer Frank Drake of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Don Brownlee, UW astronomy professor and co-author of "Rare Earth."
The workshop will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the UW Physics and Astronomy Building, Room C520. Questions and comments by participants will be encouraged. The workshop is free and includes two clock hours. For more information or to register, contact
On May 2, the University of Washington Astronomy Department will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy with an open house feature exhibits, planetarium shows, talks by astronomers and activities for families. The event takes place from 4-7 p.m. in Physics and Astronomy Building A.
At 7 p.m., SETI pioneer Frank Drake of the University of California, Santa Cruz will give a keynote address on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence in Kane Hall 120. If weather permits, telescopes will be available in Red Square for observing the night sky.
All events are free. However, registration will be required to attend the evening lecture. For more information and to reserve a seat at the talk, go to
NASA and Microsoft have partnered to create a virtual telescope. WorldWide Telescope (WWT) brings together imagery from ground and space-based telescopes in the world. The site includes narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky. For more information, go to
The Do-It-Yourself Podcast activity sets the stage for students to host their own science show by having them download NASA video or audio clips then using them to build their own podcast or similar audio/video project.
Learning modules on the Web site are categorized by topic, and each subject module includes video and audio clips, images, helpful information and links to related resources.
To start making podcasts, visit
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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