Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

January 26, 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

-- STATEWIDE SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR (1-12)
-- ELEMENTARY GLOBE (K-4)
-- EDUCATOR GUIDE TO SUPERNOVAS (7-12)
-- GOOGLE GLOBAL SCIENCE FAIR (7-12)

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STATEWIDE SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR (1-12)

The Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF) offers students an opportunity to participate in a premiere educational fair. This year the fair will award more than $1 million in prizes and scholarships.

The fair will take place April 1 and 2 at Bremerton High School. The competition is open to all public, private and homeschooled students in grades 1-12. Registrations must be postmarked by March 19.

For more information, visit

http://www.wssef.org

ELEMENTARY GLOBE (K-4)

The site offers five science-based storybooks and 15 learning activities, plus a teacher's implementation guide. The modules address subjects such as weather, water, seasons and soils.

The materials are available in five languages including English, Spanish and Arabic. For more information, go to

http://globe.gov/elementaryglobe

EDUCATOR GUIDE TO SUPERNOVAS (7-12)

NASA's Supernova Educator Guide uses supernovae – distant explosions from dying stars – as an engagement to teach basic concepts in physical science and mathematics.

The activities are based on the science of NASA’s Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) and the joint ESA/NASA XMMNewton Observatory. To download the guide and related materials, go to

http://xmm.sonoma.edu/edu/supernova/index.html

GOOGLE GLOBAL SCIENCE FAIR (7-12)

Google in partnership with CERN, National Geographic, Scientific American and the LEGO Group has just launched the first Google Global Science Fair.

The competition is open to students ages 13-18. Students may enter as individuals or as teams of up to three. Submissions are due by April 4.

To sign up for free resource kits, please visit

http://www.google.com/sciencefair

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