Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

March 24, 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.


-- WOMEN@NASA (7-12+)
-- GET INSPIRED (9-12)



NASA's Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students (AREES) program is recruiting science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and language arts educators of grades 6-9 to participate in a three-day workshop on airborne science and flight research. Both pre-service and in-service educators are eligible to apply.

Workshops will be offered July 13-15 and July 27-29 at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. In addition to increase educators’ core scientific and research knowledge bases, educators will learn how to participate in an innovative, emergent teacher-student design challenge: Plan a Flight Mission, Improving Earthquake Monitoring.

Teams of two to four teachers are encouraged to apply. Select teams and individuals who participate in the challenge may be able to participate in a real airborne research experience in 2012.

The application deadline is April 29 (or until workshops are filled). For more information, visit



The Math + Science + Leadership (MSL) Program at the University of Washington Tacoma's Institute of Technology is looking for 12 instructors for its four-week summer session.

The program's primary goals are to increase the interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math among South Puget Sound region students not usually represented in those disciplines—first-generation college students, underrepresented minorities and girls. It also works to ease the students' transition from middle school to high school and high school to college.

The application deadline is May 13. For a full job description and application, click on "MSL Instructor" at


For more information on the MSL Program, see


WOMEN@NASA (7-12+)

NASA recently unveiled a new website that features women in NASA careers telling their stories in their own words.

The website offers 32 video interviews with women of diverse backgrounds who represent different aspects of the agency's work. Subjects include astronauts, engineers and scientists. They discuss their accomplishments and offer encouragement to women and girls considering technical careers so they can become the trailblazers of tomorrow.

The site also provides information about NASA internships and career opportunities. To watch the videos and explore the opportunities, go to



U.S. high school students are invited to apply to participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience (INSPIRE) through an online learning community.

Through the INSPIRE Online Learning Community, students from across the nation have the opportunity to interact with their peers, NASA experts, and education specialists twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. They also will have the option to compete for unique grade-appropriate experiences during the summer of 2012 at NASA facilities and participating universities.

Applications are being accepted through June 30. For more information, visit



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