May 18, 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
-- MULTI-WAVELENGTH WORKSHOP (6-12)
-- WORLD SPACE WEEK (K-12)
-- GET INSPIRED (9-12)
-- SPACE LUNCH GAME (K-4)
-- EARTH'S ENERGY BUDGET (6-12)
On July 11-22, NASA will offer an online professional development workshop for high school and middle school teachers on exploring our universe across the electromagnetic spectrum.
Participants learn how to use astronomical examples (images, phenomena, telescopes) to describe the nature of light and color in terms of the regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. They will also be able 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.
Teachers may opt to receive either academic or continuing education credit through Sonoma State University. For more information, go to
WORLD SPACE WEEK (K-12)
Start planning now for World Space Week, coming up October 4-10. The event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957. Teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities and lesson plans.
For appropriate NASA materials, search NASA's educational database by grade level and topic at
To learn more about World Space Week, visit
Applications are still open for U.S. high school students who would like 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. Selections will be announced in September. For more information, visit
Learn about nutrition and space food at the same time. In this "collapse-type" game, match foods and food groups to beat the clock and reveal a picture of astronauts and their space food.
Space Lunch supports National Science Education Standards for personal health and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards for understanding various types of patterns and functional relationships. For more information, go to
Earth's heat engine does more than simply move heat from one part of the surface to another; it also moves heat from Earth's surface and lower atmosphere back to space. This flow of incoming and outgoing energy is Earth's energy budget.
The Earth's Energy Budget poster depicts incoming, reflected, absorbed and emitted solar radiation. The back of the poster is divided into eight parts with background information, a lesson plan, a vocabulary matching activity and career information. These sections may be downloaded separately.
The poster and the back sections may be downloaded separately at
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