June 7, 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 MINI-GRANTS (6-9)
-- WE WANT OUR FUTURE (K-12)
-- THE SCIENCE OF TORNADOES
-- ATTENTION YOUNG NATURALISTS (7-12)
-- BLUE STAR MUSEUMS (K-12)
-- E-LETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE
The NASA Office of Education is offering a second opportunity to apply for Summer of Innovation Mini-Grants. The awards will enable local organizations to infuse NASA-themed science, technology, engineering and mathematics content and activities to middle school students through existing summer and/or afterschool programs.
Organizations are eligible to apply for up to $2,500 in funding to incorporate SoI content and themes into their programming. Application deadline is June 17, 2011, with an anticipated award announcement date of July 1, 2011.
For eligibility, timeline and application information, please see
We Want Our Future -- a student-founded outreach group that promotes space exploration as a generational priority -- is collecting postcards made by K-12 students depicting their dreams for the future (with respect to space).
Their goal is to collect and display 100,000 postcards, representing the dreams of students from all 50 states.
A lesson plan and postcard template is available on their website. The site also includes a gallery of postcard samples. For more information, visit
NASA has posted two different science articles on the tornadoes that ripped through North Alabama this spring.
The first offers a unique satellite image tracing the damage of a monster EF-4 tornado that tore through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on April 27. It combines visible and infrared data to reveal damage unseen in conventional photographs. To see the image and accompanying information, go to
Science@NASA writer Dauna Coulter was near ground zero as a super-outbreak of tornadoes ripped through North Alabama that day. She recounts her experience and the science behind what happened at
The Young Naturalist Awards, sponsored by American Museum of Natural History, is a national science essay contest. Each year students write about observations they took and research they conducted, either on a class field trip, in a summer program, in their own backyards, or through the lens of a telescope.
Essays must relate to the natural sciences of biology, earth science, or astronomy. Each essay must include observations, data, and artwork. Judges will look for sound science and a personal voice.
All participants receive a certificate along with a letter that highlights the strong points of their investigation along with suggestions for improvement. The twelve winners of the contest (two from each grade) win cash awards and are invited to visit the museum for an award ceremony, plus behind-the-scenes tours and a chance to meet with museum scientists.
The 2012 entry form will be available in December at
From now through Labor Day, more than 1,000 Blue Star Museum members around the country will be offering free admission for active duty U.S. military personnel and up to five immediate family members.
Local science participants include the Museum of Flight, Burke Museum and the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. For more information, visit
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