May 19, 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
-- COMMUNITY SCIENCE NIGHTS
-- SPACE MATH WORKSHOP (9-12)
-- MOON ZOO VOLUNTEERS
-- ASTRONOMY OF MANY CULTURES
Pacific Science Center's Science On Wheels outreach team will hold a series of community science nights around the state this spring. These free events include over 40 hands-on exhibits to explore and present two science shows per day.
So far, events are scheduled for Olympia, Spokane and Vancouver. The community science nights are sponsored by the Pacific Science Center and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. For a complete schedule, visit
On May 21, educators are invited to join Dr. Sten Odenwald of Space Math @ NASA for a free interactive workshop on his "Problems in Space and Earth Science" series, a series of mission- and inquiry-oriented mathematics problems.
The goal of these problems is to teach students about space weather by using mathematics. Each problem begins with real world questions, missions and situations, and applies the necessary mathematics for a solution. Participants may ask questions and work along in this fully interactive Webinar environment.
The workshop takes place at 3 p.m. (EDT). Registration is required and only the first 150 registrants will be accepted. To register, go to
For more information on Space Math @ NASA, visit
Moon Zoo is looking for volunteers to study images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. The goal is to create a detailed crater database and help researchers glean new insights into the moon's geological history.
Participants look at images of the lunar surface and answer a series of questions about what they see. Researchers believe project will also help in studying the history of impact bombardment throughout the inner solar system, including here on Earth.
To find out more, go to
Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) has compiled an introduction to the study of astronomy in various cultures. The resources were selected to help teachers, students, and members of the public learn more about non-traditional astronomies.
Among the cultures are African American, Native American, and Central and South American. The resource list includes books and websites. For more information, 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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