Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

November 12, 1999

WSGC Newsletter for Educators

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At noon on Dec. 3, the Mars Polar Lander will arrive on Mars and you can be there. The Museum of Flight will be showing live coverage of the mission as it unfolds using the museum's direct satellite link to NASA Select Television.

Museum visitors will be able to view the live action in the William M. Allen Theater until 3 p.m on Friday. During the rest of the weekend, the coverage will be air in the Challenger Murdock Theater. To add to this historic event, the Seattle chapter of the National Space Society and Mars Society will have a display on Friday. For more information, call (206) 764-5700. Information on the Mars Polar Lander is available at



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 on cutting edge research projects.

Applications are now available online. For more information, call (206) 543-1943 or visit the Space Grant Web site at



This December, PBS will take viewers behind-the-scenes of the International Space Station in a two-part documentary airing on consecutive Tuesdays, Dec. 14 and 21, from 8-9 p.m. (ET)

The series follows engineers, scientists, managers and astronauts from sixteen nations as they navigate the financial, technical and political challenges of creating the International Space Station. A special Space Station Web site will be available beginning Dec. 7 at



NASA is providing $480,000 in grants to help students at 80 high schools across the country design and build robots. The goal: To inspire teenagers to follow careers in science and technology, and to give them a chance to take home a regional title and perhaps advance to the national robotic games at Disney World this spring.

Each winning school receives a basic robot parts kit, a remote control, $5,000 credit towards registration fees and about $1,000 for lodging as well as travel to the national robotic games "kickoff" ceremony Jan. 8, in Manchester, NH. The deadline for grant applications is Nov. 30.

For online applications and more information, visit NASA's Robotics Education site at



FoilSim, a new interactive software developed by the NASA Glenn Research Center Learning Technologies Project, introduces students to the basics of aerodynamics through interactive simulations that let them see the results of changing the location of a wing or the angle of a baseball pitch.

The software is designed to meet both National Mathematics Standards, including mathematics as problem solving and mathematics as reasoning, and National Science Standards such as science as inquiry and science in personal and social perspectives.

While FoilSim targets grades 9-12, the software has been modified to also serve grades 5-8. For more information, go to



Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at