Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

March 25, 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

-- HUBBLE 3D ARRIVES (K-12)
-- JOIN THE EARTH HOUR
-- HELP FIND WATER ON MARS (K-12)
-- SPACECRAFT SIMULATIONS
-- EARTHKAM BETA TESTING OPPORTUNITY (5-8)
-- MSL PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS (K-12)

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HUBBLE 3D IN THE CLASSROOM (K-12)

NASA has released new classroom activities to complement Hubble 3D, a new IMAX film that enables moviegoers to journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt some of the most difficult and important tasks in NASA's history.

The film and materials offer an inspiring and unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope's legacy and highlight its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves.

For more information, visit

http://www.imax.com/hubble/

JOIN THE EARTH HOUR

On March 27, individuals, schools, organizations, businesses and governments will take part in Earth Hour by turning off their lights for one hour to cast a vote in favor of action on climate change.

Earth Hour will take place on 8:30 p.m. local time. Last year people in more than 4,000 cities in 87 countries on seven continents participated. Among the national landmarks that went dark were Seattle's Space Needle, the Las Vegas Strip, New York's Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building, and the Church of Latter-Day Saints Temple in Salt Lake City.

International participants included the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Big Ben in London, Paris' Eiffel Tower, Beijing's Birds Nest and Water Cube, Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong, Sydney's Opera House and Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

For more information, go to

https://www.myearthhour.org/home

HELP FIND WATER ON MARS (K-12)

In NASA's search for water on Mars, students have an opportunity to determine the next target for NASA's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HRISE) camera.

HiRISE is one of several instruments on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and has been taking images of the Martian surface in search of evidence of water since November 2006. It is is known as "The People's Camera" because anyone, regardless of scientific background, can help suggest where to point the camera and analyze the resulting images.

Imaging site proposals are due April 5. For more information, visit

http://quest.nasa.gov/challenges/hirise/index.html

SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SIMULATION

The Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) simulation is an interactive computer simulation that allows virtual explorers of all ages to dock the space shuttle at the International Space Station, experience a virtual trip to Mars or a lunar impact, and explore images of star formations taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Visitors select a spacecraft then experience a "flythrough," which is a tutorial with images and descriptions of NASA's three space communication networks. The simulation features nine spacecraft to choose from, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the space station, the space shuttle orbiter, the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, Cassini, the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), ICESat and Aura.

To download the simulation for either Windows or Mac, go to

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/3d_resources/spacecomm.html

EARTHKAM BETA TESTING OPPORTUNITY (5-8)

Sponsored by NASA, EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students) is an educational outreach program allowing middle school students to take pictures of our Earth from a digital camera on board the International Space Station.

Middle school educators are invited to join EarthKAM's beta test team for the International Space Station Spring 2010 Mission from April 27-30. For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit

http://earthkam.ucsd.edu/

MSL PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS (K-12)

The Math + Science + Leadership (MSL) Program at the University of Washington Tacoma's Institute of Technology is looking for instructors for its four-week summer session.

The program's primary goals are to increase the interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math among South Puget Sound region students not usually represented in those disciplines—first-generation college students, underrepresented minorities and girls. It also works to ease the students' transition from middle school to high school and high school to college.

For a full job description, go to

https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/eng/candidates/default.cfm?szCategory=jobprofile&szOrderID=62447&szCandidateID=0&szSearchWords=&szReturnToSearch=1&szLocationID=88

For more information on the MSL Program, see

http://www.tacoma.washington.edu/tech/msl/

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