August 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
-- BLAST BACK TO SCHOOL (K-12)
-- NASA EXPLORER SCHOOLS (5-12)
-- NSF PODCASTS & MORE
-- MATH & SCIENCE @ WORK (10-12)
-- DIME & WING COMPETITION OPENS (6-12)
The beginning of the school year is a great time to explore the challenges and exciting opportunities from NASA for educators and students.
Blast Back to School 2010 offers links to a variety of NASA student and teacher opportunities, printed educational products, multimedia, and assorted other materials and websites related to NASA's educational programs.
For more information, visit
The NASA Explorer Schools project for middle and high school classrooms provides free teaching and learning resources that promote student engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while giving teachers and students opportunities to participate in NASA's mission of research and discovery.
Classroom activities are coupled with special events featuring interactions with NASA's scientific and technical workforce, so students learn firsthand about mission highlights, new technologies and research findings. Teachers may participate in professional development experiences delivered through NES Virtual Campus technology to support effective classroom implementation of NES resources.
At the end of the year, NES will recognize its best teachers and schools with NASA experiences such as field center training, research opportunities and flights aboard a reduced-gravity aircraft.
For more information, go to
Listening to science podcasts is a great way to brush up on your own content knowledge. The National Science Foundation updates its Discovery Files weekly.
To download the latest broadcasts, visit
Other great science podcasts may be found at the National Science Teachers Association's Lab Out Loud and Astronomy Behind the Headlines, produced by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
Visit both at
NASA's Math and Science @ Work project provides challenging supplemental problems based on space exploration topics. This project engages students with real world applications to promote critical thinking and problem-solving while exposing students to careers working in space exploration.
These problems are for high school students in advanced classes and are formatted in a free-response style. Problems are available for calculus, statistics, physics, biology, chemistry, U.S. history and human geography.
For more information, go to
DIME (Dropping In a Microgravity Environment) and WING (What If No Gravity?) encourages student teams to design and build a science experiment that will then be tested next spring in a NASA microgravity drop tower at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.
DIME is for high school teams and WING is for student teams in grades 6-9. These programs are school-yearlong projects which mimic the research process used by NASA and academic researchers. Four DIME teams will be invited to participate in DIME Drop Days at NASA Glenn Research Center in April 2011. The WING teams' experiments will be tested by the NASA WING staff.
DIME and WING proposals are due by November 1, 2010. For more information, visit
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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