Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

January 14, 2010

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

-- PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
-- ASTROBIOLOGY SUMMER INSTITUTE (9-12)
-- PREDICTING WEATHER PATTERNS (5-8)
-- NATIONAL LAB DAY SITE OPEN(6-12)

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PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER OPEN HOUSE (K-12)

On February 6, the Pacific Science Center in Seattle will hold a free open house for educators to explore live science demonstrations, planetarium and laser shows, and the education outreach program, Science On Wheels.

Teachers may bring up to three guests and will have exclusive time in the new Facing Mars exhibit before it opens to the public at 10 a.m. For more details, go to the Pacific Science Center calendar at http://www.pacsci.org/events/

ASTROBIOLOGY SUMMER INSTITUTE (9-12)

The Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers (ASSET) will be held July 18-24 at San Francisco State University.

Scientists from SETI Institute, NASA and the California Academy of Sciences will share the latest research on the origin of life on Earth, the extreme conditions in which life exists, Mars exploration, the formation of planetary systems around Sun-like stars, and the search for in the universe.

Participants receive the entire Voyages Through Time curriculum and free astrobiology materials. All expenses are covered by grant funds. The application deadline is February 12. To apply, visit http://www.seti.org/epo/ASSET

PREDICTING WEATHER PATTERNS (5-8)

SciJinks Weather Laboratory includes lesson plans, images, games and worldwide weather lore. Provided by NOAA and NASA, the site teaches visitors about predicting global weather patterns.

An educators link is provided at the bottom of the page. Visit SciJinks at http://scijinks.gov

NATIONAL LAB DAY SITE OPEN(6-12)

National Lab Day (NLD) is tentatively set for early May 2010 but a beta version of the Web site is now open. NLD is intended to foster more hands-on science learning by fostering enduring collaborations between individual science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals, teachers and students.

The site matches STEM professionals with educators on the basis of geography and interests. The website also provides resources and ideas for hands-on learning experiments and invites the public to suggest new materials. For more information, go to http://www.nationallabday.org/

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