Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

September 14, 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 EDUCATORS ONLINE NETWORK (K-12)
-- OBSERVE THE MOON
-- REASONS FOR THE SEASONS (PRE-K-8)
-- YOUR FACE IN SPACE

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NASA EDUCATORS ONLINE NETWORK (K-12)

The NASA Educators Online Network (NEON) is a professional learning community, open to elementary teachers, STEM teachers, future elementary and STEM teachers, scientists, engineers, and other professionals who want to support STEM teachers.

The goal is to help K-12 teachers and STEM professionals find each other, develop effective collaborations, and locate teaching, learning and professional development resources.

To participate, go to

http://neon.psu.edu/

OBSERVE THE MOON

On Sept. 18, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter EPO Team, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, and the Lunar and Planetary Institute are teaming up to promote the first annual International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).

This night will be dedicated to encouraging as many people as possible worldwide -- students, teachers, amateur astronomers, space enthusiasts and the general public -- to spend an evening observing and learning about the moon.

Information about InOMN and the moon, a map of all registered events, step-by-step instructions on hosting an event, classroom activities and more are available at

http://observethemoonnight.org/

REASONS FOR THE SEASONS (PRE-K-8)

The fall equinox in September is a terrific opportunity to discuss the reasons for the seasons.

For an explanation and information on how the tilt of Earth's rotational axis and the Earth's orbit work together to create the seasons, go to

http://www.windows2universe.org/the_universe/uts/seasons2.html

Additional resources for teachers of pre-kindergarten through grade 2 are available at

http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/k_2theme/seasons.htm

For special middle school activities, go to

http://msteacher.org/epubs/science/science7/science.aspx

YOUR FACE IN SPACE

Want to go into orbit? NASA invites the public to put photos of themselves on one of the two remaining space shuttle missions.

After registering at the Face in Space website, visitors will be able to upload an image that will be put on a disc and flown aboard a shuttle on a future mission. Participants receive a confirmation number and information about which flight their "face" will be on.

After the launch, participants will be able to print a commemorative certificate signed by the mission commander. To learn more and upload an image for flight, visit

http://faceinspace.nasa.gov/

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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