[Sgteachers] Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Newsletter for
isvete at u.washington.edu
Wed Sep 9 13:02:05 PDT 2009
The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium's electronic newsletter for
teachers provides curriculum ideas, links and other resources to help
you better meet the Washington EALRs and the National Science
TABLE OF CONTENTS
-- EDUCATORS OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
-- ARE SUNSPOTS DISAPPEARING?
-- TOP STARS COMPETITION (K-12+)
-- WORLD SPACE WEEK
-- CASSINI SCIENTIST FOR A DAY (5-12)
EDUCATORS OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
On Oct. 17, K- 12 educators, administrators, and their families are
invited to enjoy the Museum of Flight free of charge. The open house
takes place from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Visitors can explore exhibits and discover air and space resources,
products and programs. Seminars where clock-hours can be earned will
be available throughout the day. For more information, go to
ARE SUNSPOTS DISAPPEARING?
The sun is in the pits of the deepest solar minimum in nearly a
century. Weeks and sometimes whole months go by without even a single
tiny sunspot. The quiet has dragged out for more than two years,
prompting some observers to wonder, are sunspots disappearing?
To read the whole story, visit
TOP STARS COMPETITION (K-12+)
Formal and informal educators are invited to submit their best
examples of using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope for science,
technology, engineering or mathematics education. Those selected as
Top Stars will receive national recognition and awards.
The deadline for the next round of entries is Nov. 20. Scientists and
educators from NASA and the Institute for Global Environmental
Strategies will review the entries. Educators are allowed (and
encouraged) to revise, improve and re-submit their entries up to the
final deadline of January 2, 2010. For complete details, go to
WORLD SPACE WEEK
World Space Week will be celebrated October 4-10 in 60 nations around
the world. The international event commemorates the beginning of the
Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957.
This year the theme is "Space for Education." To encourage teachers
and students to participate in World Space Week, $500 teacher grants
will be awarded for the most creative use of space in the classroom
during World Space Week 2009.
The entry deadline is January 31, 2010. For more information, go to
CASSINI SCIENTIST FOR A DAY (5-12)
The Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest is designed to give
students a taste of life as a scientist. Students will study three
possible targets that the Cassini spacecraft can image on Oct. 11 then
choose the one image they think will yield the best science results
and explain their reasons in an essay.
Contest entries must be received by Sept. 30. The competition is
divided into three categories: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Students can
work alone or in teams of up to four students. All submissions must be
the students' original work. For complete rules, go to
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be
sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
isvete at u.washington.edu
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