October 7, 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
-- EXPLORER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS OPEN (4-12)
-- UW CLIMATE SCIENCE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL (11-12)
-- THE GREAT WORLDWIDE STAR COUNT
-- IGES SPACE ART CONTEST (2-4)
-- NASA Y TU (K-12)
The NASA Explorer Schools project is NASA's classroom-based gateway for middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) classrooms.
NES provides free teaching and learning resources that promote student engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The project provides opportunities for teachers and students to participate in NASA's mission of research and discovery through inquiry-based experiences directly related to the work of NASA scientists and engineers.
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, visit
Funded by a NASA Global Climate Change Education grant, the UW Program on Climate Change is partnering with school districts across Washington State to develop and implement a dual credit climate science course to be offered to high school students through the UW in the High School (UWHS) program.
Students taking "Atmospheric Sciences 211: Climate and Climate Change" pay a reduced tuition rate and receive 5 UW credits for successful completion of the course. Teachers commit to attending orientations, a half-day workshop and a weeklong workshop; stipends will be provided. Preference will be given to applicants who are considering implementing the UWHS course in their classrooms in 2011 or 2012.
The deadline to apply is October 15. For application information, contact the UW Program on Climate Change at
or Tim Stetter, UWHS program manager, at
For more information on the UWHS program, go to
The Great World Wide Star Count, designed to raise awareness about light pollution and the night sky as well as encourage learning in astronomy, will take place October 29-November 12.
This international event encourages everyone to go outside, look skywards after dark, count the stars they see in certain constellations, and report what they see online. Participants will make observations of the magnitude of either the constellation Cygnus (for the northern hemisphere) or Sagittarius (for the southern hemisphere) using magnitude charts.
For complete details, go to
The theme for the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies' art contest this year is: My Place in Space!
Students are asked to explore the solar system and beyond, and then produce a picture showing what they have learned. The winners of first, second, and third place will receive $100, $75 and $50 gift cards, respectively, plus framed color certificates.
The winning artwork will also be showcased on the IGES website. For more information, go to
NASA and Univision Communications Inc. have launched an on-air and online initiative to help engage Hispanic students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
Univision is airing a series of Spanish-language educational video segments entitled "NASA and You" (NASA y Tu), featuring Hispanic employees from NASA as role models. The segments air on Saturday mornings on the Univision children's block "Planeta U." They are part of the company's comprehensive, multi-platform, three-year national education initiative called Es El Momento (The Moment is Now).
For more information on Es El Momento, visit
To watch the NASA y Tu segments, go to
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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