Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

June 3, 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

-- NEW VIRTUAL SKIES (9-12+)
-- PARTICIPATE IN WEATHERFEST (K-12)
-- HURRICANE LEARNING MODULE (5-12)
-- NOAA HURRICANE FORECAST
-- PSC COMMUNITY SCIENCE NIGHTS (K-12)
-- DEVELOP APPLICATIONS OPEN (9-12+)
-- E-LETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE

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NEW VIRTUAL SKIES (9-12+)

NASA recently released a new version of Virtual Skies, an online interactive program introducing the key concepts in the world of aviation in six independent modules.

The modules can be used as stand-alone lessons. Each is designed for students to acquire and employ decision-making and collaborative skills while applying principles of algebra, geometry and calculus.

Afterschool programs, home schools and civil aviation clubs have also used Virtual Skies to supplement their regular programs. For more information, visit

http://virtualskies.arc.nasa.gov/

PARTICIPATE IN WEATHERFEST (K-12)

WeatherFest, an interactive science and weather fair designed to instill a love for math and science in children of all ages, will be coming to the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle on January 23, 2011. Organizers are looking for students and teachers who would like to present on their weather-related projects.

The fair is part of the American Meteorological Society's annual conference and offers teachers and students a chance to see experiments and demonstrations for their classrooms, plus meet Northwest and national forecasters. Booth space will be free with a nominal fee for power and/or wi-fi.

For more information, see

http://www.ametsoc.org/meet/annual/weatherfest.html

HURRICANE LEARNING MODULE (5-12)

The U.S. National Ocean Service has formed a task force studying the trends and impacts of hurricanes on coastal regions and is inviting your students to participate.

In this activity, students are tasked with conducting an Earth systems analysis of Hurricane Katrina that will help answer the question: "Is global warming causing an increase in hurricane frequency and intensity?" The teacher's edition is available at

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Hurricane_Katrina.html

NOAA HURRICANE FORECAST

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its outlook for the 2010 hurricane season. NOAA anticipates an 85% chance of an above normal season.

Jeff Masters, a former NOAA meteorologist and co-founder of the Weather Underground, blogs on what the NOAA prediction may mean in terms of storm activity in the Gulf of Mexico and that might mean in relation to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For his blog entry, go to

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=1493

For the NOAA report, go to

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/outlooks/hurricane.shtml

PSC COMMUNITY SCIENCE NIGHTS

Two free Pacific Science Center Community Science Nights are scheduled for June. One is in Tacoma and the other in Everett.

On June 12, the PSC science team will be at First Creek Middle School in Tacoma from 4-8 p.m. On June 15, they will visit Heatherwood Middle School in Everett from 4-8 p.m. These events include over 40 hands-on exhibits to explore as well as daily science shows.

For more information, go to http://www.pacsci.org/community-science-nights/

DEVELOP APPLICATIONS OPEN (9-12+)

NASA DEVELOP projects focus on the practical application of NASA's Earth science research and demonstrate how results can benefit partner organizations and local communities. Advisors and mentors from NASA and partner organizations provide the guidance and support for the program.

Student participants gain experience by using NASA science and technology in a professional setting. Applications are open to students from high school through doctoral levels. The deadline to apply for the fall session is August 9, 2010.

For more information, go to http://develop.larc.nasa.gov/

E-LETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE

In June, the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Newsletter for Teachers will begins its summer schedule.

There will be a single newsletter in June and July. We will resume regular twice-monthly publication in August. For the latest Space Grant news, please visit us on Facebook at

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Washington-NASA-Space-Grant-Consortium/116910748327473?ref=ts

or on our website at

http://www.waspacegrant.org

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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