May 27, 2009
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
-- SUMMER STARGAZING
-- ARRANGE AN AESP VISIT (K-12)
-- COOL COSMOS (K-12)
-- ON THE MOON (3-12/INFORMAL)
-- E-LETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE
Stargazing offers students hands-on, minds-on fun over the summer vacation.
To help students get started, the American Museum of Natural History has posted a stargazing guide with tips on locating constellations, individual stars and planets, and on how to create a sky journal for recording their finds.
For more information, visit
Would you like an Aerospace Education Specialist Program specialist from one of NASA's ten centers to visit your school or school district next year? Now is a good time to submit your online request.
AESP education specialists are experienced educators who are broadly knowledgeable about NASA's missions, programs, and educational resources. They visit schools to deliver teacher professional development and in-class programming in subjects relevant to NASA's missions.
For more information, visit
Cool Cosmos is a portal for lesson plans, classroom activities, informal education resources, multimedia and other materials that explain the infrared as well as the multi-wavelength universe.
The site, created by the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center and the SIRTF Science Center at the California Institute of Technology, is available in English and Spanish. For more information, go to
A downloadable archive of posters, bookmarks, brochures and the 2009 calendar is available at
NASA and PBS's Design Squad have teamed up to create the On the Moon educator guide, perfectly timed for the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The guide's activities are intended to bring hands-on engineering and the adventure of space exploration to life for students.
Challenges include designing and building an air-powered rocket, a shock-absorbing system that will protect two marshmallow "astronaut" and a rubber band-powered rover. To download the guide, go to
In June, the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Newsletter for Teachers willl begins its summer schedule.
There will be a single newsletter in June and July. We will resume regular twice-monthly publication in August. For the latest Space Grant news, please visit our Web site at
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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