September 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
-- EDUCATORS OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
-- ARE SUNSPOTS DISAPPEARING?
-- TOP STARS COMPETITION (K-12+)
-- WORLD SPACE WEEK
-- CASSINI SCIENTIST FOR A DAY (5-12)
On Oct. 17, K- 12 educators, administrators, and their families are invited to enjoy the Museum of Flight free of charge. The open house takes place from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Visitors can explore exhibits and discover air and space resources, products and programs. Seminars where clock-hours can be earned will be available throughout the day. For more information, go to
The sun is in the pits of the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century. Weeks and sometimes whole months go by without even a single tiny sunspot. The quiet has dragged out for more than two years, prompting some observers to wonder, are sunspots disappearing?
To read the whole story, visit
Formal and informal educators are invited to submit their best examples of using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope for science, technology, engineering or mathematics education. Those selected as Top Stars will receive national recognition and awards.
The deadline for the next round of entries is Nov. 20. Scientists and educators from NASA and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies will review the entries. Educators are allowed (and encouraged) to revise, improve and re-submit their entries up to the final deadline of January 2, 2010.
For complete details, go to
World Space Week will be celebrated October 4-10 in 60 nations around the world. The international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957.
This year the theme is "Space for Education." To encourage teachers and students to participate in World Space Week, $500 teacher grants will be awarded for the most creative use of space in the classroom during World Space Week 2009.
The entry deadline is January 31, 2010. For more information, go to
The Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest is designed to give students a taste of life as a scientist. Students will study three possible targets that the Cassini spacecraft can image on Oct. 11 then choose the one image they think will yield the best science results and explain their reasons in an essay.
Contest entries must be received by Sept. 30. The competition is divided into three categories: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Students can work alone or in teams of up to four students. All submissions must be the students' original work. For complete rules, 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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