May 18, 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
-- SEARCHING FOR EARTHS
-- APPLY FOR NASA INSPIRE (9-12)
-- COFFEE ON THE MOON
-- ASP MEETING STIPENDS (K-12)
-- OCEAN MOTION (9-12)
-- LASER AWARDS JUNE 12 (K-12)
Science fiction writers often depict the billions of stars in our Milky Way galaxy as homes for other Earths; so-called M-class planets where life abounds. The science is now catching up to the fiction as more than 300 planets have been discovered orbiting other stars in the past decade.
On May 20, astronomer Debra Fisher will talk about the types of planets that have been found so far and the conditions that are important for life as we know it. The free talk takes place at 7 p.m. on the UW Seattle campus in Architecture Hall, Room 147. For more information, go to
NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience (INSPIRE) is accepting applications from high school students through June 30.
Those selected will participate in an online learning community in which students and parents have the opportunity to interact with their peers and NASA engineers and scientists. Students will also have the option of competing for experiences during the summer of 2010 at NASA facilities and participating universities.
For more information, go to
Have you ever wondered how you'd make your morning cup of java if you lived on another planet, or perhaps the moon? That steaming beverage would be a must on a cold lunar morning.
But with rare sunlight, no coal or wood to burn, and no flowing water for hydro-electrical power, making that cup of coffee — much less cooking breakfast, heating your abode, or powering the life support equipment and tools you needed to live and work up there — is a huge challenge.
For possible answers, go to
A limited number of stipends are available for K-12 teachers to attend the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's 120th anniversary celebration, September 12-16 in San Francisco.
This year's them is "Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future." Hands-on workshops for formal and informal educators will be provided September 12-13. For application information, go to
The interplay between ocean and atmosphere is one of the keys to understanding Earth's climate. Ocean Motion contains a comprehensive review of the surface circulation of Earth's ocean and classroom investigations appropriate for various disciplines at the high school level.
For a toolbox of satellite and model data, quick evaluation quizzes and a timeline of ocean explorers to inspire investigation of ocean surface current patterns and how they relate to issues of navigation, weather/climate, natural hazards and marine resource, visit
The 2009 LASER awards luncheon on June 12 will focus on a lively discussion of the social responsibility of science and science education. Panel members are recipients of the 2009 Science Champions: Science Education Advocate Award.
The luncheon takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Washington Athletic Club, 1325 Sixth Avenue, Seattle. The event is sponsored by Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER), CityClub, and The Boeing Company.
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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