April 20, 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
-- NASA WEBINARS FOR TEACHERS (4-12)
-- DRAKE EQUATION: 50TH ANNIVERSARY (5-10)
-- DESIGN SQUAD NATION (4-12)
-- ISS ASSEMBLY OVER TIME
-- PROJECT BUDBURST (K-12)
NASA Explorer Schools has teamed with the National Science Teachers Association to offer Web seminars featuring NASA educational resources. On April 26, the webinar showcases two lessons from the On the Moon Educators Guide: On Target and Feel the Heat.
Other upcoming webinars look at satellite meteorology and monitoring the global environment, Earth's climate, and the virtual laboratory. For registration and more information, go to
DRAKE EQUATION: 50TH ANNIVERSARY (5-10)
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Drake Equation – the formula proposed by Frank Drake that helps scientists estimate the likelihood of intelligent, communicative life in the universe.
To celebrate this landmark, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's newsletter for teachers is featuring an article with an historical summary of the equation and how it is used, plus resources and classroom activities on this topic. For more information, go to
Design Squad Nation, a 10-part series of TV shows and video blogs, builds on the success of the award-winning PBS reality series Design Squad. Here hosts Judy and Adam, two professional engineers, work with kids around the world to make their wishes come true through engineering.
In episode eight, now available online, they invite Felipe -- an accomplished 15-year-old pilot from Miami, Fla. -- to compete in the 2010 Red Bull Flugtag competition. Together, they team up with NASA to design and build a human-powered flying machine. With their NASA-inspired glider design, Team One Giant Leap soars off a 30-foot high deck, impressing the judges with distance and style.
To watch the episode, visit
For more on Design Squad Nation, see
USA Today has created an animated timeline that shows how the International Space Station was assembled. Different modules can be popped out and rotated to show a three-dimensional view. To see the graphic, go to
Project BudBurst is a national field campaign for citizen scientists designed to engage the public in the collection of important climate change data based on the timing of leafing and flowering of trees and flowers. Participants take careful observations of the phenological events and their observations are reported to the national Project BudBurst database.
The project provides teaching materials and classroom activities designed for each grade level to effectively implement Project BudBurst in the K-12 classroom setting. For more information, see
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