Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

August 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

-- SEATTLE'S CO2 FOOTPRINT
-- SCIENTIST FOR A DAY CONTEST (5-12)
-- CLIMATE CHANGE WEBINARS (7-12)
-- MARINE EDUCATION RESOURCES (K-12)
-- ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM TOUR (7-12)

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SEATTLE'S CO2 FOOTPRINT

In an effort to promote the public's understanding of atmospheric carbon dioxide in an urban setting, Pacific Science Center has partnered with the Space Needle and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to install a carbon dioxide sensor at the top of the Space Needle.

The sensor measures the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the lower Queen Anne area. To read more about the project and see the data graphed on a daily, monthly or seasonal basis, visit

http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/story/Space+Needle

SCIENTIST FOR A DAY CONTEST (5-12)

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn.

Students examine three images taken by the Cassini spacecraft and choose the one they think will yield the best results. The choice must be supported in a 500-word essay.

Winners will participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists. Students may work alone or in groups of up to four students. The essays will be divided into three grade levels. The deadline is October 27.

For complete rules and entry information, visit

http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday9thedition/

CLIMATE CHANGE WEBINARS (7-12)

This fall Windows to the Universe educators will offer free 90-minute live seminars highlighting science content and classroom activities on topics related to climate change.

The seminars are a part of the NASA-funded Global Climate Change Educator Professional Development Network. All seminars begin at 6:30 p.m. (EDT).

For a complete list of topics and dates, see

http://www.windows2universe.org/teacher_resources/main/gccepdn_main.html

MARINE EDUCATION RESOURCES (K-12)

The Bridge provides educators with a convenient source of accurate and useful information on global, national and regional marine science topics. It also gives researchers a contact point for educational outreach.

Materials include lesson plans, databases, and links to grant solicitations and professional development opportunities. For more information, visit

http://web.vims.edu/bridge/?svr=www

ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM TOUR (7-12)

NASA's Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum features eight video clips, ranging from approximately 3-5 minutes in length, that explain the different types of waves, connections to various NASA satellite science missions and the data each collects.

To watch the video clips, go to

http://missionscience.nasa.gov/nasascience/ems_full_video.html

Chandra X-ray Observatory also offers a series of complementary classroom activities on the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMR). For activities, go to

http://chandra.harvard.edu/edu/formal/

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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