Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

April 21, 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

-- CELEBRATE NATIONAL LAB DAY (3-12)
-- MUSEUM OF FLIGHT SPACE DAY
-- NASA BEST ACTIVITIES (K-8)
-- CLIMATE CHANGE SEMINARS
-- VOLCANOES: ANNIVERSARY & NOW
-- STEM AWARDS & DISCUSSION (K-12)

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CELEBRATE NATIONAL LAB DAY (3-12)

In preparation for National Lab Day on May 12, NASA will host a series of weekly live webcasts this month through the agency's Digital Learning Network.

The next broadcast is April 22. The topic is global warming and atmospheric science, with activities and information geared to grades 3-12. For a full schedule, visit

http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/

MUSEUM OF FLIGHT SPACE DAY

On May 6, the Museum of Flight will participate in Space Day, a national and global effort to nurture young peoples' enthusiasm for the wonders of the Universe through special space-related activities.

The museum will be open free of charge that day from 5-9 p.m., with activities scheduled throughout the evening. The celebration is part of the Wells Fargo Free First Thursday program. For more information, go to

http://www.museumofflight.org/

For more 2010 Space Day events and activities, see

http://www.spaceday.org/

NASA BEST ACTIVITIES (K-8)

Draft versions of the new NASA Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum guides are now available.

The guides designed with engineering clubs in mind contain 12 activities, each of approximately one-hour duration. The materials are meant to be low-cost and easy to find.

To download copies of the guides, go to

http://userpages.umbc.edu/~hoban/BEST/#NASA%27s%20BEST%20Activities

CLIMATE CHANGE SEMINARS

Windows to the Universe educators have been offering free series of 90-minute seminars highlighting science content and classroom activities on topics related to climate change.

As part of the NASA-funded Global Climate Change Educator Professional Development Network, the final two seminars will be offered live on April 22 and 28 at 5:30 p.m. EST; previous seminars are available from the archive. Registration is not required to view the archives.

For more information, visit

http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/climate/climate.html

VOLCANOES: ANNIVERSARY & NOW

May 18 marks the 30th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens. The anniversary comes as Europe struggles to cope with ash from the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland.

The Cascade Volcano Observatory, operated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), offers links to anniversary materials and events, as well as an educational page with information on volcanoes locally and around the world, posters, safety advice, and a glossary of volcano-related terminology.

For more information, go to

http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/

For the latest NASA images of Eyjafjallajökull, visit

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/iceland-volcano-plume.html

STEM AWARDS & DISCUSSION (K-12)

On May 3, Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium will co-present the City Club Education Series luncheon discussion, "What Do We Really Mean by STEM Education?" Panelists will be the five recipients of the 2010 Washington State LASER Science Education Advocate Awards.

The luncheon will be held at Rainier Square, 1333 Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The buffet and program begin at noon. Luncheon tickets are $20-$30; a limited number of tickets for coffee and dessert only are available for $12-$18.

For tickets and more information, visit

http://www.seattlecityclub.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=53

FEEDBACK

Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at isvete@u.washington.edu

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