February 19, 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
-- POLAR SCIENCE WEEKEND
-- TEACHING AMBASSADORS WANTED (K-12)
-- NASA KIDS SCIENCE NEWS NETWORK (K-5)
-- HIGHLIGHTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL (9-12)
-- NEW CLIMATE PORTAL
-- 3D SUN FOR THE IPHONE
From Feb. 25-28, visitors to the Pacific Science Center can build an igloo, snuggle into hooded cold-weather parkas, peek into tents used in polar research camps, take the salinity taste test and join a spectacular smashing ice demonstration.
It's all part of Polar Science Weekend. Participants will also meet polar scientists who work in some of the most remote and challenging places on earth. For more information, visit
Teachers with successful strategies for increasing student achievement are encouraged to apply for a U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellowship position for the 2010-2011 school year.
Classroom Fellows will serve their regular teaching contracts with their districts and will be paid to perform additional fellowship duties. Washington Fellows will serve as full-time federal employees working on education program development and implementation in the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C., from the summer of 2010 through June 2011.
The application deadline is March 2. For more information, visit
NASA’s Kids Science News Network (KSNN), based at Langley Research Center, is a standards-based program that uses the Web, animation, and video to introduce science, technology, engineering, math, and NASA concepts. Included with the videos are grade specific, standards-based activities.
KSNN newsbreaks are also produced in Spanish and the children featured in the grades 3-5 newsbreaks are Hispanic children. For more information, go to
Highlights for High School is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology initiative providing free, open source teaching and learning materials to high school teachers and students.
The site, part of the MIT OpenCourseWare project, includes video lecture clips, lecture notes, practice problems, exams, and other resources from MIT's introductory physics, biology and calculus courses. The site also includues mini-courses for high school students developed by MIT students and an introduction to the college-level MIT curriculum and course materials on OpenCourseWare.
For more information, visit
Climate 1-Stop provides a single location to access proven climate change tools, resources and information.
The site was unveiled by researchers at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. For more information, go to
Imagine holding the entire sun in the palm of your hand. Now you can.
A new iPhone app developed by NASA-supported programmers delivers a live global view of the sun directly to your cell phone. More information and links to the free application are available at
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