Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

May 6, 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

-- NASA INSPIRE FOR STUDENTS (9-12)
-- LIFELINES FOR CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION (9-12)
-- EARTH: PICTURE OF THE DAY
-- 10 COOL SITES (K-12)
-- FIND US ON FACEBOOK

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NASA INSPIRE FOR STUDENTS (9-12)

NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience (INSPIRE) is a multitier year-round program designed for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

Selectees participate in an online learning community of students, parents and NASA personnel that provides appropriate grade-level educational activities, discussion boards and chat rooms. They also have the option to compete for grade-appropriate 2011 summer experiences at NASA facilities and participating universities throughout the nation.

The deadline to apply is June 30. Program selections will be made in September. For more information, go to

http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/

LIFELINES FOR CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION (9-12)

Help form a NASA-funded professional learning community to share curriculum resources and best practices for teaching high school courses that focus on global systems.

The project is based at Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, and will make heavy use of distance-communication techniques (tele-meetings) using the simplest and most effective meeting techniques possible. Teacher-Leaders receive $500/year for up to 2 years. PLC members receive $100/year for up to 2 years.

See details at

http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/gss/lifelines/

EARTH: PICTURE OF THE DAY

Earth Science Picture of the Day features photos, satellite images, and illustrations that highlight the diverse processes and phenomena shaping our planet. A short explanatory caption and links to sources for more detailed information accompany each illustration.

The site, offered by NASA and the Universities Space Research Association, houses a searchable, 10-year archive of images and can be searched by category. For more information, go to

http://epod.usra.edu

10 COOL SITES (K-12)

Exploratorium's 10 Cool Sites is a collection of interactive sites from the Web, hand-picked by the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

The featured sites are primarily non-commercial and relate to science and technology. For more information, see

http://apps.exploratorium.edu/10cool/index.php

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

Looking for the most current NASA news and regional STEM opportunities? Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium has launched a Facebook page to post opportunities and interesting links as soon as they come through our office.

Find us at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-NASA-Space-Grant-Consortium/116910748327473?ref=ts

FEEDBACK

Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at isvete@u.washington.edu

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