November 9, 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
-- SPACED OUT SPORTS DESIGN (5-8)
-- ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH CONTEST (9-12)
-- YEAR OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM (K-12)
-- SCIENCE FAIR STORIES (5-12)
-- SKY RANGERS WORKSHOPS (INFORMAL ED)
In the Spaced Out Sports competition, students to apply Newton’s Laws of Motion by designing or redesigning a game for International Space Station (ISS) astronauts to play in space.
Student teams will submit game demonstrations via a playbook and a video. The first place team will be awarded a NASA school-wide celebration. The top three teams' games will be played on the ISS and recorded for a future broadcast.
A digital version of the game playbook and video should be submitted by adult teachers or educators on behalf of their student team. Entries must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2011. For more information, go to
The 2011 Thacher Environmental Research Contest, sponsored by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, challenges high school students (grades 9-12) to conduct innovative research on our changing planet using the latest geospatial tools and data.
Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams. The best projects will receive cash awards in the amount of $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. Entry deadline is April 11, 2011.
For more information, go to
The Year of the Solar System celebrates a Martian year (Oct. 2010-August 2012) of NASA space exploration throughout our solar system. Familiar objects of our solar system will be revealed as new worlds through the use of activities highlighting a new topic each month.
The website features multiple resources, activities and a calendar highlighting events, as well as an opportunity for visitors to share their own photographs, artwork, music, or stories about their YSS experiences.
To learn more, go to
The Archimedes Initiative, developed by the University of Richmond, focuses on middle and high school students and their own personal science experiments as a way to strengthen science literacy and ultimately increase the number of scientists and engineers in the United States.
The site contains thematic videos, all interview content from 50 captured competative science fair projects, and collections of related topics. The site also provides links to resources for students interested in taking part in science and engineering fairs.
For more information, go to
The Sky Rangers Online Workshop for Outdoor Astronomy workshops are designed for educators and interpreters from parks, nature centers, and other informal outdoor and environmental educational facilities.
The application deadline for the winter session is December 1. Participants in the 8 week workshop will learn to locate stars, constellations, planets, and deep sky objects, to interpret those objects and convey the scientific and cultural stories about them, and to plan and execute astronomy events.
Each participant will also receive a free toolkit of materials for a variety of outdoor astronomy activities. 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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