May 4, 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
-- NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING CHEMISTRY TEACHER (9-12)
-- SHARE YOUR VISION OF EARTH
-- ONLINE ASTRONOMY WORKSHOP (6-12)
-- EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE SURVEY (K-12)
-- LUNAR WORKSHOPS FOR EDUCATORS (6-12)
Know a terrific high school chemistry teacher? Nominations are now open for the American Chemical Society's regional Teacher of the Year.
The local winner will receive $250, a plaque and recognition at a special dinner later this year. He or she will also be considered for regional and national recognition. The 2011 nomination deadline has been extended to May 19.
For nomination forms and additional information, e-mail Clarita Bhat at
SHARE YOUR VISION OF EARTH
Everyone knows NASA as the space exploration agency. It's easy to forget that exploring Earth is also exploring a celestial body.
The NASA Earth Day Video Contest 2011, which ends on May 27, aims to change that. To participate, produce a short video (3 minutes or less) that captures what you find inspiring and important about the unique view of Earth that NASA science provides. The best entries, chosen by a panel of NASA scientists and communicators, will be featured on the official NASA website.
For complete rules, visit
Middle and high-School teachers are invited to register for an online professional development course exploring our universe across the electromagnetic spectrum. The workshop, scheduled for July 11-22, is open to both pre- and in-service teachers.
At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to use astronomical images, phenomena and telescopes to describe the nature of light and color in terms of the regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. They will also be able to explain why NASA uses a variety of telescopes and space-based instruments to make observations of the Universe, to identify NASA resources for the classroom, and to understand how NASA resources can be used to address common student misconceptions about the nature of light and color.
For more information and registration, visit
In order to better serve those teaching Earth and space science topics, the National Earth Science Teachers Association has prepared an anonymous survey to gather information about teachers' Earth and space science education needs and concerns. To take part in the survey, go to
This summer, five educator workshops focused on lunar science, exploration, and how our understanding of the Moon is evolving with the new data from current and recent lunar missions will be held around the country.
The workshops will be free for all attendees, but due to budgetary constraints, there will not be compensation for travel, lodging, meals, or per diem stipends. The first workshop takes place June 20 -24 at Herrett Center for Arts and Science at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, ID.
For more information, visit
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