April 29, 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
-- FREE SPACE DAY EVENT
-- SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE (PreK-12)
-- GAMMA-RAY BURST SMASHES RECORD
-- PLANETARY SCIENCE DOWNLOADS (12+)
-- SCIENCE: IT'S A GIRL THING (Pre-K-3)
-- POISONED WATERS
On May 7, the Museum of Flight will celebrate Space Day with free evening admission and special space-related activities to nurture young peoples' enthusiasm for the wonders of the Universe through special space-related activities.
The festivities will take place from 5-9 p.m. Local astronomy clubs will also be present and eager to answer questions . The program is part of the museum's First Free Thursday, supported by Wells Fargo.For more information, go to
Space Day is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of May. This year's theme is "Celebrating Human Space Flight: Past, Present and Future." For a Space Day lesson plans, posters and other resources, visit
The IslandWood Sustainability Education Summer Institute is designed to provide practical strategies and resources for integrating sustainability education concepts into K-12 curriculum, school operations, and teacher preparation programs.
The three-day conference takes place July 27 - July 29. Registration includes two nights accommodation, meals, materials and 12 clock hours. Twelve clock hours are included in the registration fee.
There is a $25 discount for those who register before May 1. For more information, visit
A gamma-ray burst detected by NASA's Swift satellite has smashed the previous distance record for the most powerful explosions in the Universe. Researchers are calling it "an incredible find" and a "true blast from the past."
See the full story at
The planetary sciences division of the American Astronomical Society has released "Discoveries in Planetary Science," classroom Powerpoints of discoveries too recent for introductory astronomy texts.
Each set consists of three slides: the discovery itself, a basic explanation based on good planetary science, and the "big picture" context. The sets include Mars methane and sulfur chemistry, volcanoes on Mercury and the first images of the exoplanets. The sets are available at
Science: It's a Girl Thing! is an early childhood science program designed for parents and children (ages 4-8) to do together at home.
The program includes a series of short, entertaining, and educational videos and free PDF activity cards for parents/caregivers to use to engage and encourage girls in science explorations. For more information and activities, go to
The Frontline documentary "Poisoned Waters" is now available online. The film looks at water pollution problems of the Chesapeake and Duwamish Rivers. Online links connect viewers to additional information.
To view the film, 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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