Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

February 3, 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

-- EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
-- TEACH FROM SPACE (K-12)
-- GREEN AVIATION COMPETITION (9-12)
-- SPACE STORIES (3-6)

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EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE (K-12)

On February 5, Pacific Science Center will hold an Educator Open House with free admission to current exhibits, Laser shows, IMAX films, the Willard Smith Planetarium, Tropical Butterfly House and more.

Registration is 8-11:30 a.m. There is also online registration available. The Space Needle and Experience Music Project/Sci-Fi Museum are also holding open house events and educators may register for all three events. For more information, see

http://www.pacsci.org/openhouse/

TEACH FROM SPACE (K-12

Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, in partnership with the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program announces the opportunity for K-12 educators across the country to conduct research in a unique reduced-gravity environment.

This experience will enable selected educator teams to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment and subsequently test and evaluate their experiment aboard a microgravity aircraft.

Proposals are due March 14. Participants must also be U.S. citizens.

For more information, go to

http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfs/

GREEN AVIATION COMPETITION (9-12)

NASA's Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project invites high school students to research and design a large passenger aircraft that is less noisy, less harmful to the environment, and more fuel-efficient than current models.

All competitors should be full time students at an accredited institution of secondary education. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for cash awards. The entry deadline is March 15.

For complete contest information, go to

http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/era_high/competitions_high_era.htm

SPACE STORIES (3-6)

Kids love stories, and from an early age, children learn in narrative. Follow Sam Finnigan and his pals as they prepare to take off in his homemade rocket ship. Then finish the story by creating your own version of Sam's cosmic adventure.

Also available, science facts and value lessons are blended in a mythical story about the Villagers of the Earth and the Comet Sisters in space.

http://epoxi.umd.edu/5kids/stories.shtml

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