October 20, 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
-- WORK WITH WASHINGTON AEROSPACE SCHOLARS (7-12)
-- GREAT MOONBUGGY RACE OPENS (9-12)
-- ENCOUNTER A COMET (4-12)
-- NASA SPINOFF VIDEO CONTEST (3-8)
Middle and high school teachers are invited to apply as evaluators and facilitators for Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS), a free statewide program for high school students. WAS emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math, and encourages students to consider careers in these fields.
The program is divided into two components: an online curriculum and a summer residency. Washington state certified math and science teachers are needed to serve as Phase I Online Academic Evaluators and Phase II Summer Residency Facilitators. Stipends, 60 clock hours, and all room, board and travel expenses are provided to participating teachers.
The application deadline is October 29. For complete information, visit
Registration is open for the 18th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, set for April 1-2, 2011, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. The event challenges high school and college students to design, build and race lightweight, human-powered "moonbuggies."
The teams attempt to post the fastest vehicle assembly and race times in their divisions, while incurring the fewest penalties on a challenging course simulating the rocky, unforgiving surface of the moon.
Prizes are awarded to the three teams in each division that finish with the fastest race times. NASA and industry sponsors present additional awards for team spirit, best newcomer, most memorable buggy wipeout and other achievements.
For complete rules, vehicle design parameters and registration for the race, go to
On Nov. 4, NASA's EPOXI mission will make its closest pass to Comet Hartley 2 (the comet made its closest approach to Earth this week, when it was 11.2 million miles away). Students and educators will be able to watch live web coverage of the EPOXI encounter from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 8 a.m. Pacific Time (9:30 to 11 a.m. Eastern time).
Viewers will hear from Jet Propulsion Laboratory's scientists and engineers as they receive real-time data and images about the comet encounter. They can also send questions in advance about the comet encounter to
For more information, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=209NASA SPINOFF VIDEO CONTEST (3-8)
The Optimus Prime Spinoff Award Contest (named for the popular leader of the Transformers) is designed to raise students' awareness of technology transfer efforts and how NASA technologies contribute to our everyday lives.
Participants will create and submit a three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technology. Videos must demonstrate an understanding of the NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission, as well as the commercial application and public benefit associated with the "transformed" technology.
Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTube channel, and the public will be responsible for the first round of judging. The top five submissions from each of the two grade groups (3-5 and 6-8) will advance for final judging.
The deadline to register is November 12. Video entries are due December 31. For more information, 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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