Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

January 26, 2010

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

-- CHEMISTRY GRANTS FOR TEACHERS (K-12)
-- NEW EARTHKAM SITE TESTING (5-8)
-- SEND EXPERIMENTS FLYING WITH NASA (9-12)
-- A GLIMPSE INTO THE INTERIOR OF MARS

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NEW EARTHKAM SITE TESTING (5-8)

Sponsored by NASA, EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students) is an educational outreach program allowing middle school students to take pictures of our Earth from a digital camera on board the International Space Station.

Middle school educators are invited to join EarthKAM's beta test team for the International Space Station Winter 2010 Mission from February 2-5, 2010. For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit

http://earthkam.ucsd.edu/

CHEMISTRY GRANTS FOR TEACHERS (K-12)

The Puget Sound chapter of the American Chemical Society will award one-year grants of up to $500 to area K-12 teachers.

Awards may be used for supplies and equipment for high school students conducting chemistry/sciencer demonstrations at K-9 schools; for selected chemistry journals and books, including safety and waste disposal texts; for K-12 teacher supplies and equipment to develop new chemistry experiments; and for K-12 teachers to attend chemistry courses, symposia or institutes.

Teachers are asked to submit a one-page proposal. Preference will be given to teachers who are extending their range of competence. The deadline for proposals is April 30, 2010. For more information, please contact Clarita Bhat at

claritabhat@yahoo.com

SEND EXPERIMENTS FLYING WITH NASA (9-12)

The NASA BalloonSat High ALtitude Flight (BHALF) competition is open to teams of four or more students in grades 9 to 12 from high schools and community groups throughout the United States, District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

Teams will develop a flight experiment or technology demonstration and submit a proposal for consideration by a panel of NASA scientists and engineers. The four projects will be selected to be sent to the near space environment of the stratosphere (nearly 100,000 feet) by a NASA weather balloon, scheduled to be launched in May.

For more information, visit

http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/balloonsat/

A GLIMPSE INTO THE INTERIOR OF MARS

NASA's Mars exploration rover Opportunity is allowing scientists to get a glimpse deep inside Mars.

Perched on a rippled Martian plain, a dark rock not much bigger than a basketball was the target of interest for Opportunity during the past two months. Dubbed "Marquette Island," the rock is providing a better understanding of the mineral and chemical makeup of the Martian interior.

For the entire story, go to

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mer/news/mer20100121.html

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