June 9, 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
-- NASA ENDEAVOR FELLOWSHIPS (K-12)
-- EARTH SCIENCE CONTESTS (K-9)
-- CLIMATE DISCOVERY ONLINE (6-12)
-- OZONE: THE WORLD WE AVOIDED
-- NDSL 'WEBINAR' ON WHAT WORKS (K-12)
-- E-LETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE
The NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project awards one-year fellowships each year to over 40 current and prospective teachers. Fellows take five online graduate courses, learning to apply research-based pedagogical strategies and cutting-edge science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content in their classroom and becoming a part of a special network of like-minded educators.
Applications will be accepted July 1 to September 30. Selections will be announced before Thanksgiving 2009.
Endeavor Fellows will be awarded a NASA Endeavor Certificate in STEM Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition, 15 graduate credits are awarded from other regionally-accredited partners in higher education. For more information, visit
Students may want to start work now on their entries for the Earth Science Week 2009 competitions in photography, visual arts and essay. The photography competitions is also open to the general public.
The deadline to enter is Oct. 16. First prize for each contest is $300 and a copy of the American Geological Institute's two-disk DVD package, Faces of Earth. For more information, go to
The National Center for Atmospheric Research is offering a series of seven-week online courses for middle and high school teachers. Courses combine geoscience content with an emphasis on current climate research, hands-on activities and group discussion. For more information, go to
An international team of scientists used a state-of-the-art computer model to learn "what might have been" if ozone-destroying chemicals had not been banned through the 1989 Montreal Protocol. To read the entire story, visit
The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) will hold a three-part "webinar series," beginning June 16. The series will explore the NSDL collections and highlight what works for teaching chemistry, physics and physical science, as well as using rich-media in teaching science.
NSDL was created by the National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.
To register or just browse the library, 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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