August 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
-- THE WORLD AT NIGHT
-- 2010 SPIRIT OF INNOVATION (9-12)
-- DIME & WING COMPETITION OPENS (6-12)
-- TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR TEACHERS
-- AROUND THE AMERICAS
The World At Night (TWAN) project, a volunteer effort operating under Astronomers Without Borders, is a collection of photographs and time-lapse videos of the world's most historic sites against a nighttime backdrop of stars, planets and celestial events.
TWAN is intended to be a bridge between art, humanity and science; it attests to the truly unified nature of Earth as a planet rather than an amalgam of human-designated territories. To visit the TWAN galleries, go to
The 2010 Spirit of Innovation competition challenges teams of high school students to create innovative products in four categories: aerospace exploration, space nutrition, renewable energy and green schools.
Awards are provided to the schools, teachers and students for the top product designs. Teams and their coaches will compete for more than $100,000 in prize money, opportunities to present their products to world level leaders in business and industry, an opportunity to become a Pete Conrad Scholar, and annual memberships to the Conrad Foundation and its official partners.
Team submissions are due December 15, 2009. The Spirit of Innovation Summit and Final Competition will take place on April 8-12, 2010 at the NASA Ames Research Center. For more information and official rules, visit
DIME (Dropping In a Microgravity Environment) and WING (What If No Gravity) encourages student teams to design and build a science experiment which will then be tested next spring in a NASA microgravity drop tower facility at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. WING is the competition for students in grades 6-9.
Four DIME teams comprised of up to four high school students and one adult advisor will be invited to attend DIME Drop Days in April 2010 at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. During event, the team representatives will conduct their experiment in the NASA 2.2 Second Drop Tower, analyze their data, tour NASA facilities, and participate in workshops. Four additional DIME teams will have their experiments tested by tower staff.
DIME and WING proposals are due by November 2, 2009. For more information, visit
The $5,000 Asa Grant Hilliard III Road Scholar Award provides an opportunity for an educator with at least 10 years of experience in education to experience to participate in a Road Scholar or Elderhostel program anywhere in the world.
Applicants are asked to write an essay focused on the significance of lifelong learning to the African American community and to describe the ways they will impact their communities with the knowledge from their learning and travel experience.
The application deadline is September 30, 2009. For complete rules and information, go to
Around the Americas, a 13-month sailing expedition intended to gather scientific data and raise awareness about the plight of the oceans, will travel 25,000 miles all the way around North and South America.
The expedition is gathering data on such things as conditions in the Arctic Ocean and how dust, smoke and moisture in the atmosphere can decrease the amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth. UW scientists are leads for five of the eight science projects on board; shipboard educator for the first leg of the trip is Zeta Strickland of the Pacific Science Center.
To follow the expedition's progress, go to
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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