December 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
-- GREAT DECEMBER SKYWATCHING
-- SHUTTLE TILES FOR SCHOOLS (K-12+)
-- NASA ENGINEERING CHALLENGE (5-8)
-- NASA ART CONTEST (9-12+)
Skywatchers, grab your blankets. December's night sky spectacular will feature the best meteor shower of 2010 as well as the only total lunar eclipse of the year.
For more on both astronomical events, see
As the Space Shuttle Program nears retirement, NASA is offering 7,000 shuttle heat shield tiles to schools and universities that want to share technology and a piece of space history with their students.
The distribution of the tiles is intended to preserve the program's history and inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers.
The lightweight tiles protect the shuttles from extreme temperatures when the orbiters re-enter the Earth's atmosphere. Schools can request a tile at
NASA's Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge for middle schoolers is based on the theme that it's time to go back to the moon and stay.
Students in grades 5-8 are challenged to form small engineering teams to design a sustainable water recycling system for the moon. The first place team will win a trip to the Kennedy Space Center. Entries due February 28, 2011.
For more information, go to
On Dec. 14, 2010, at 4 p.m. EST, NASA will conduct a free webcast to discuss how students can take part in the challenge. Educators and adult mentors may log into this event at
NASA’s Future of Flight Art Contest invites students to imagine what spaceships, rockets or aircraft will look like 100 years from now. High school and college students from all areas of study are encouraged to enter.
Entries will be accepted in the following categories: two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, digital (including music and video) and literature (poetry and short stories). Entries are due April 15, 2011.
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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