Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

January 11, 2011

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

-- VISIT WEATHERFEST IN SEATTLE (K-12)
-- EARTH SCIENCE ACTIVITIES IN SPANISH (K-12)
-- TAKE PICTURES OF THE MOON
-- TWO NEW NASA EPDN COURSES (K-12)

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VISIT WEATHERFEST IN SEATTLE (K-12)

On January 23, Weatherfest -- a super-sized, hands-on science fair to teach children and families all about the weather, climate and related fields -- will be held at the Washington State Convention Center. Admission is free.

Designed to instill a love for math and science in children of all ages, the event is open from noon to 4 p.m. There will be nearly 60 interactive exhibits including hands-on experiments, educational information, career guides and much more.

For additional information, go to

http://www.ametsoc.org/meet/annual/weatherfest.html

EARTH SCIENCE ACTIVITIES IN SPANISH (K-12)

The Spanish language version of Windows to the Universe offers wide range of information about the Earth and Space sciences, as well as links to hands-on classroom activities.

For more information, visit

http://www.windows2universe.org/spanish

TAKE PICTURES OF THE MOON

This year NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission will launch twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the moon to measure its gravity. The mission will answer key questions about the moon's internal structure and give scientists a better understanding of how our solar system formed.

The GRAIL MoonKAM will allow classrooms to request pictures of the lunar surface from cameras on the twin satellites. To register to participate, go to

https://www.grailmoonkam.com/

TWO NEW NASA EPDN COURSES (K-12)

Applications are now open for two free courses through the NASA Electronic Professional Development Network (ePDN).

The first uses LEGO Mindstorm robots to foster student engagement and conceptual understanding of mathematics, science and engineering. The second helps teachers develop their skills in designing and using project-based inquiry learning, or PBIL, to enhance conceptual understanding, critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving in standards-based classrooms.

Courses run from February 23-March 15. For more information, visit

http://www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu/nasaepdn_application.php

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