December 21, 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
-- THREE NASA WEBINARS IN JANUARY (5-12)
-- INTERNSHIP COMPETITION FOR GIRLS (9-11)
-- FREE EARTH-SUN-MOON WORKSHOPS
-- PSC SCIENCE SPOTLIGHT
Shree webinars featuring NASA educational resources for educators are planned for January.
Presented by NASA LEARN and NASA Explorer Schools, the webinars will cover exploring space through math, how studying the chemical elements of the sun teaches us about the essential building blocks for all that exists in the universe, and rocketry activities.
The webinars are presented from 9-10 p.m. EST. For more information and registration, click on the links below:
Exploring Space Through Math (Jan. 5, 2011)
GENESIS: What Are We Made of? The Sun, Earth and You (Jan. 12, 2011)
Rockets and Your Classroom (Jan. 26, 2011)
NASA is piloting a new interactive online community for female high school juniors interested in aerospace science and space travel.
Applicants will participate in an interactive learning experience and compete to take part in a summer 2011 workshop at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. There approximately 40 WISH students will work in collaborative teams doing hands-on activities and presenting their projects to NASA personnel and community leaders.
For more information, go to
Students can easily memorize the phases of the moon but can they explain why they occur? Really explain it? How about eclipses? Can they picture size and distance relationships in the Earth-Sun-Moon system?
Washington Science Teachers Association is presenting free workshops around the state designed to deepen teachers' content knowledge and provide constructivist techniques to help students truly understand the Earth-Sun-Moon system. The workshops are sponsored by Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium.
To register, visit
Pacific Science Center's monthly Scientist Spotlight features local scientists sharing their work with the public through hands-on activities and conversations. Learn how scientists detect cancer-causing genes, estimate fish populations, investigate the geology of Mars, and more.
The next Scientist Spotlight will take place 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on January 8, 2011 (Scientist Spotlights usually take place on the first Saturday of the month).
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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