Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

September 30, 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

-- PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER FREE MONDAYS (K-12)
-- 51 WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE (9-12+)
-- MUSEUM OF FLIGHT ASTRONOMY DAY
-- EARTH SCIENCE WEEK ACTIVITIES (K-12)

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PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER FREE MONDAYS (K-12)

Starting in October, the first 1,000 guests to come through the gates of the Pacific Science Center on the first Monday of the month will be let in free (offer valid for onsite transactions only).

"Freddy's Mondays" are made possible by the Fred Meyer Fund. Participants will be able to explore all of the permanent exhibits from the Tropical Butterfly House to Science On a Sphere. This includes the traveling exhibit, Mindbender Mansion, on display October 2-January 2.

For more information, go to

http://www.pacsci.org/freddysmondays/

Don't forget the free open house for educators on October 2.

Registration is 8:30-11:30 a.m.; educators are welcome to stay all day. Open houses are also taking place at EMP/SFM and the Space Needle.

For details, go to

http://www.pacsci.org/openhouse/

51 WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE (9-12+)

Women in Planetary Science is an e-mentoring initiative, created to bring woman scientist role models to students and early career scientists who may never have worked with a woman in the field, but who aspire to one day work for NASA or on missions to study the planets, the stars, and the incredible phenomena in the solar system.

The 51 Women in Planetary Science project is halfway to its goal of featuring 51 women working on NASA missions, publishing in the journals, and serving their community on NASA and NRC panels. The site offers a look into the lives of working scientists and provides solid career insights for women in other STEM fields, too.

For more information, go to

http://womeninplanetaryscience.wordpress.com/

MUSEUM OF FLIGHT ASTRONOMY DAY

On October 7, the Museum of Flight will host Astronomy Day 2010 5-9 p.m. Special programs and family activities are planned, all looking up to the deep sky.

Local astronomy clubs will be onsite to share their knowledge of the heavens with viewing opportunities through their telescopes.

For more information, visit

http://www.museumofflight.org/event/astronomy-day-2010

EARTH SCIENCE WEEK ACTIVITIES (K-12)

As part of Earth Science Week 2010, which takes place Oct. 10-16, the American Geological Institute is offering an Earth science tool kit to engage students and the general public.

The kit includes posters, activity sheets and more. AGI is also sponsoring a visual arts contest open to students in grades K-5, an essay contest for those in grades 6-9 and a photography contest open to those of all ages.

For more information, visit

http://www.earthsciweek.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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