November 19, 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 MISSION SURVEY
-- EINSTEIN EDUCATOR FELLOWSHIP (K-12)
-- NASA EDUCATION ROBOTICS (K-12)
-- BE A MARTIAN
-- NOMINATE A SCIENCE CHAMPION
-- SPACE MATH IV (9-12)
NASA's Stardust-NExT mission is offering the public a chance to win a small cube of aerogel (the lightest and lowest-density solid) or a mission cookie cutter in exchange for visiting the mission Web site and completing an online survey about the site.
A total of 100 surveys submitted through Nov. 30 will be selected randomly to win the cookie cutter or aerogel sample. For more information, visit
Applications are now available for the 2010-2011 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program, through which selected teachers spend a school year in a congressional office, the Department of Energy, or a federal agency such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Fellowships are open to current elementary and secondary mathematics, technology and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be employed full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must also have been teaching full-time for at least five of the last seven years.
During the fellowship, each Einstein Fellow receives a monthly stipend plus a monthly cost of living allowance. In addition, there is a moving/relocation allowance as well as a professional travel allowance. The application deadline is Jan. 13, 2010.
For more information, go to
The NASA Education Robotics Web site offers one-stop shopping for NASA news about robotics for educators and students.
The site includes lesson plans, interactive activities, career profiles and links to program opportunities including student competitions and educator workshops. For more information, visit
Drawing on observations from NASA's Mars missions, the Be a Martian Web site allows visitors to participate as citizen scientists to improve Martian maps, take part in research tasks, and assist Mars science teams studying data about the Red Planet.
Developed in partnership with Microsoft, this collaboration of thousands of participants could assist scientists in producing far better maps, smoother zoom-in views, and make for easier interpretation of Martian surface changes. By counting craters, the public also may help scientists determine the relative ages of small regions on Mars.
Users will need to install Microsoft Silverlight. To participate, go to
Do you know an individual, organization, or project team that have put forth extraordinary efforts toward promoting, advocating, and/or influencing others to act in support of science education in Washington?
Washington Laser is seeking nominations for its Science Education Advocate Awards. The awards will be presented to five individuals, organizations, and/or project teams who have exhibited outstanding advocacy for science education in the state of Washington. Efforts at all levels of science education are eligible for consideration. The nomination deadline is January 20, 2010.
For guidelines and information, see
The Space Math IV activities investigate space phenomena and math applications such as black holes, sunspots, the moon's atmosphere, scientific notation, evaluating functions, Benford's law and geometry. The problems are authentic glimpses of modern science and engineering issues, often involving actual research data.
Each word problem includes background information. The one-page assignments are accompanied by one-page teachers answer keys. To download Space Math IV and related booklets, 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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