Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

December 28, 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

-- 2010 ISS CALENDAR
-- FREE FIRST THURSDAY (K-12)
-- COLLIDING AURORAS DISCOVERED
-- MISSION SCIENCE (9-12)
-- DATASTREME METEOROLOGY COURSE (K-12)

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2010 ISS CALENDAR

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of people continuously living aboard the International Space Station, NASA is providing a special 2010 calendar to teachers and the public.

Monthly themes offer a glimpse into topics such as a typical day in the life of a crew member, the staff that supports the station, and the massive dimensions of the orbiting research facility.

To download a copy of the calendar, go to

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html

FREE FIRST THURSDAY (K-12)

Once a month, the Museum of Flight stays open late and admission is free.

On January 7, the museum will be free from 5-9 p.m. In addition to visiting the exhibits and galleries, visitors will be able to enjoy the flight simulators, courtesy of Wells Fargo.

For more information, visit

http://www.museumofflight.org/programs/wells-fargo-free-first-thursday

COLLIDING AURORAS DISCOVERED

A continent-wide network of all-sky cameras has photographed a never-before-seen phenomenon: colliding auroras that produce explosions of light. The must-see images have solved a long-standing mystery of Northern Lights.

For the complete story, go to

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/17dec_whenaurorascollide.htm?list820645

MISSION SCIENCE (9-12)

Mission Science, a new NASA site created specifically for teenagers, provides teens access to current NASA spacecraft data for use in school science projects, allows them to conduct real experiments with NASA scientists, and helps them locate space-related summer internships.

"This site will allow teenagers, who have their own unique language and style, to get information faster and have fun at the same time," said education manager Ruth Netting of the NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

The site also features social networking tools, links to enter science contests or participate in a family science night, information about college research programs, and an array of NASA images, animation, videos and podcasts.

Visit Mission Science at

http://missionscience.nasa.gov/

DATASTREME METEOROLOGY COURSE (K-12)



DataStreme, the graduate level meteorology course for K-12 educators, is again being offered, beginning January 25 and running through April 30. The independent course is funded by the American Meteorological Society and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Three meetings are scheduled at the National Weather Office in Seattle, and participants will work closely with mentors throughout the course. For more information, see

http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/dstreme/index.html

To register, contact Dave Weller at

dave.weller@sno.wednet.edu

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