December 9, 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 MUSEUM OF FLIGHT ADMISSION (K-12)
-- 2009 GEMINID METEOR SHOWER
-- NASA VIDEOCONFERENCE SERIES (K-12)
-- DISCOVERIES IN PLANETARY SCIENCE (12+)
-- TWO NEW AERONAUTICS POSTERS (K-12)
Through December 20, the Museum of Flight will be offering free admission to youths 17 and under.
The admission is provided through a grant from the Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation. A World War pilot and author, Archibald recounted his experiences in battle and as a prisoner of war in the popular book "Heaven High, Hell Deep," published in 1935. The foundation created in his name supports charitable organizations within the Puget Sound region.
Free youth admission does not apply to previously reserved group educational programs. For more information, visit
Make hot cocoa. Bundle up. Tell your friends. The best meteor shower of 2009 is about to fall over North America.
"It's the Geminid meteor shower," said Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "and it will peak on Dec. 13th and 14th under ideal viewing conditions."
For more details, go to
NASA's Digital Learning Network is offering a series of videoconferences bringing together educators with authors and producers of NASA education resources and related products. During each event, instructional objectives, accessing the materials and primary contacts for the materials will also be discussed.
Upcoming topics include exploring space through math and robotics. The first videoconference will take place December 16 from 4-5 p.m. EST. For more information, visit
The American Astronomical Society has just launched its second release of Discoveries in Planetary Science, a series of classroom PowerPoint on six discoveries too recent to appear in introductory astronomy texts, including lunar water, 2012 doomsday rumors and the discovery of a rocky exoplanet.
Each set consists of three slides: the discovery itself, a basic explanation based on good planetary science, and the "big picture" context. PowerPoints and accompanying background information may be downloaded at
The first A in NASA stands for aeronautics. Two new posters on aeronautics research and aeronautics design are now available online.
The first poster depicts the X-48B blended wing body test vehicle on the front and information on aeronautics education, scholarships and careers on the back.
The second, based on "Aerospace Design: The Art of Engineering from NASA's Aeronautical Research" exhibit commemorating 100 years of powered flight, includes architectural and engineering designs for wind tunnels, wind tunnel models, and designs for conceptual airplanes, past and present.
To download the aeronautics research poster, go to
For the aeronautics design poster, 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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