March 1, 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
-- GLOBE AT NIGHT (K-12)
-- JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF MARS
-- NEW NASA EDUCATOR NETWORK (K-12)
-- SCIENCE OF A WARMING WORLD
-- BECOME A MESSENGER FELLOW (K-12)
From March 3-16, join thousands of teachers, students and families around the globe in a hunt for stars. GLOBE at Night is an annual campaign where people worldwide record the brightness of their night sky and submit their measurements to create an international map of light-pollution levels.
GLOBE at Night is an easy observation and reporting activity that takes approximately 15-30 minutes to complete. Over the last four campaigns, volunteers from over 100 nations have contributed 35,000 measurements.
For more information, including teacher and family activity packets, go to
NASA's Mars rover Spirit has tenaciously swept, scraped, and squeezed secrets from the forbidding surface of Mars for six years. Now at an impasse, up to its belly in sand, it has struggled to tilt its solar panels toward the sun and collect just enough power to survive the perilously cold Martian winter.
If Spirit can make it through to spring, the feisty robot will prove it's still in the game—by solving the mysteries of the Martian core. Read the full story at
The NASA’s Electronic Professional Development Network (ePDN) offers free certificate programs (52 hours) in robotics, mathematics, Earth/space science and technology integration. Applications are now open for the two courses.
"How to Represent & Interpret One Variable Data" is designed for high school math teachers. Participants will deepen their understanding of exploratory data analysis and lay the foundations for sampling and inference. The application deadline is March 15.
"What is Project-Based Inquiry Learning?" is designed for science teachers in grades 5-12 who are new to inquiry and project-based learning. Participants will develop skill in using project-based inquiry learning, or PBIL, to enhance conceptual understanding, critical thinking, scientific reasoning and problem solving. The application deadline is April 1.
To apply for these courses or find additional resources, visit
Will 2010 be the warmest year on record? How do the recent U.S. "Snowmageddon" winter storms and record low temperatures in Europe fit into the bigger picture of long-term global warming?
NASA has launched a new web page to help people better understand the causes and effects of Earth's changing climate. "A Warming World" hosts a series of new articles, videos, data visualizations, space-based imagery and interactive visuals. For more information, go to
Become a NASA MESSENGER Educator Fellow and help bring the excitement of this daring mission to Mercury into classrooms across the nation.
NASA's MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) mission will be only the second spacecraft to ever visit, and the first to orbit, this enigmatic planet. The fellowship program is a nationwide teacher training initiative whereby a cadre of 30 science educators conduct teacher training workshops nationally, training up to 27,000 grades of K-12 educators over the mission lifetime.
Applications are due by April 10. For more information, visit
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