Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

February 4, 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

-- NO BOUNDARIES PROJECT (7-12)
-- PLUTO: MORE THAN ICE & ROCK
-- NASA ART & DESIGN CONTEST (9-12+)
-- LET'S FLY AWAY DODECAHEDRON (K-4)
-- OUR SOLAR SYSTEM LITHOGRAPHS (K-12)

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NO BOUNDARIES PROJECT (7-12)

Working at NASA is like exploring space. If you have the curiosity, creativity, determination and problem-solving skills necessary, the opportunities are limitless.

The No Boundaries project, developed by NASA and USA TODAY Education, helps students explore NASA and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The site includes a teacher toolkit and step-by-step instructions to implement the project in the classroom. Background information and links to sites with career information are also provided.

There is also a No Boundaries competition for students. Prizes include cash and a VIP experience at a NASA center. The entry deadline is April 15. for more information, visit

http://www.usatoday.com/educate/nasa/index1.html

PLUTO: MORE THAN ICE & ROCK

The most detailed and dramatic images ever taken of the distant dwarf planet Pluto show the planet has become significantly redder, while its illuminated northern hemisphere is getting brighter.

The Hubble pictures confirm Pluto is a dynamic world that undergoes dramatic atmospheric changes not simply a ball of ice and rock. For the images and more information, go to

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/pluto-20100204.html

NASA ART & DESIGN CONTEST (9-12+)

The NASA Art & Design Contest is open to high school and college students from all areas of study, including the arts, industrial design, architecture, computer design, and the fine arts.

The theme is "Life and Work on the Moon," and entries will be accepted in three categories: two-dimensional, three-dimensional and digital. Cash prizes, certificates of achievement, and exhibit opportunities are planned. The entry deadline is April 15. For more information, visit

http://artcontest.larc.nasa.gov/

LET'S FLY AWAY DODECAHEDRON (K-4)

A dodecahedron (doe decka hee drun) is a shape with 12 pentagon-shaped faces. Assembling this dodecahedron, students are able to learn about NASA aircraft as they build a geometric form to hang from the ceiling or place on a shelf.

To download the dodecahedron pattern and instructions, go to

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Lets_Fly_Away.html

OUR SOLAR SYSTEM LITHOGRAPHS (K-12)

The Our Solar System lithograph set features images of the planets, the sun, asteroids, comets, meteors and meteorites, the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud, and moons of the solar system. General information, significant dates, interesting facts and brief descriptions of the images are included.

Images may be downloaded individually or as a full set. For more information, visit

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Our_Solar_System_Lithograph_Set.html

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