Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

November 4, 1999

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.

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High school teachers with talented math and science seniors aiming for the University of Washington will be happy to hear that Washington Space Grant Scholarship applications are now available.

The scholarships are for full or partial tuition (or housing) and may be renewed for up to four years, contingent upon NASA funding. Students must meet program requirements for continued funding.

Women and underrepresented minority students are strongly encouraged to apply. Space Grant Scholars are eligible to participate in special undergraduate research programs working closely with faculty who are engaged in cutting edge research.

Applications will be available online after Nov. 8. For more information, call (206) 543-1943 or visit the Space Grant Web site at



NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently posted an all new "one-stop" Mars Web site.

The new site includes links to a variety of Mars K-12 curricula, chats and even a history section with timeline, biographies and scientific theories and breakthroughs all linked to Mars. For the total Mars experience, go to



The Web site for Washington State University Prof. Jeff Brown's astronomy class, Extraterrestrial Life, offers links to a broad range of astronomy resources from SETI Institute to NASA's Origins page. Subheadings include Extrasolar Planet sites and Specific Solar System Exploration sites.

The page is intended for college juniors and seniors not majoring in engineering or the sciences and will remain live at least through May 2000. For more information, see



The U.S. Space Foundation is sponsoring a special Teaching With Space Conference to provide K-12 educators interactive training to use across curricula. The conference takes place Jan. 28 at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver.

"The Mastery of Space" covers topics from rocketry to Mars colonies and features a special conference presentations by Star Trek and other space science experts, astronauts and educators. For registration and exhibit information, call the U.S. Space Foundation at 1-800-691-4000 or visit their Web Site at



Our apologies for missing the second October issue. We were busy preparing for the Washington Science Teachers Association conference in Spokane. The conference gave us a terrific chance to meet with many of you and learn more about what we can do to meet your needs.

If you have a science or math Web site you've found especially helpful to your students, send us the address and the grade level it best serves. We'll pass it on. Ideas and comments should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at