April 6, 2011
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
-- MOF OPEN HOUSE & SURVEY
-- CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION GROUP (9-12)
-- EARTHQUAKE TEACHABLE MOMENT (5-12)
-- HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT 50 YEARS LATER
On April 14, the Museum of Flight will hold a free educator open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Visitors will learn about Museum of Flight education programs, meet senior curator Dan Hagedorn, get to try their hand at mechanics in the Robot Garage, and tour the Aviation and Challenger Learning Centers.
The new Style in the Aisle exhibit, with designer flight attendant fashions from the '60s and '70s, will also be open. To attend this event, please RSVP by April 8 to
Also, the Museum of Flight's Challenger Learning Center is participating in a national grant from The Boeing Company, with the goal of strengthening teacher professional development. To achieve this, the museum is surveying middle school teachers about their needs.
The survey closes April 15. To participate, go to
Lifelines for High School Climate Change Education is a project to establish professional learning communities (PLCs) of high school teachers with the aim of implementing effective teaching of climate change in existing courses.
PLCs will identify the best resources to use and share best practices, and will also be invited to presentations by climate scientists. These teachers will have telemeetings and explore techniques to achieve the most effective ways to communicate without travel. To participate, go to
The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) is offering new Teachable Moments presentations on the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that occurred near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
IRIS Teachable Moments are designed to bring knowledge, insight, and critical thinking to the classroom following a newsworthy earthquake. Each presentation contains interpreted USGS regional tectonic maps and summaries, computer animations, seismograms, AP photos, and other event-specific information. The presentations are classroom-ready and designed to be customized by the educators using them.
To access this and other presentations, visit
April 12 marks the 50th anniversary of humanity's first flight in space and the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle flight. Events are being planned around the world to mark the occasion.
The Museum of Flight is hosting a day of space-themed activities to mark cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's pioneering first orbit of the Earth. It includes a screening of First Orbit, an experimental documentary that re-creates 1961's one-orbit flight, using exclusive imagery from the International Space Station.
MSNBC has already published a commemorative article with links to Yuri's Night contests, Twitter feeds, iPhone apps and the trailer for First Orbit. Click below for the full story:
For more details on the Seattle celebration, see
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