September 22, 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
-- BECOME A NASA EXPLORER SCHOOL (4-12)
-- ASTRONOMY DAY 10/6
-- SHUTTLE TILES AND SPACE FOOD (K-12+)
-- EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
There is still time to register for the NASA Explorer Schools Project. The project is NASA's classroom-based gateway for middle and high school students, promoting student engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Participating educators gain access to a core collection of NASA’s free, easy-to-implement education resources, plus unique opportunities for student and teacher involvement.
Educators must be a U.S. citizens and have a current valid education certification as an administrator or educator in a state or nationally accredited education institution in the United States, U.S. territory, or a Department of Defense or State Department school.
For more information, visit
On October 6, the Museum of Flight will hold its annual Astronomy Day from 5 -9 p.m. Local astronomy clubs will be on hand to share their knowledge of the heavens with viewing opportunities through their telescopes, and visitors can also marvel at the wonders of the night sky in the museum's portable planetarium.
The evening event coincides with the museum's monthly Free First Thursday series, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, and admission is free. For more information, go to
NASA is offering space shuttle heat shield tiles and dehydrated astronaut food to eligible schools and universities.
A limited number of packaged meals that astronauts eat in space are currently available for schools' and universities' educational use (not for consumption) on a first-come, first serve basis. There will be three items (e.g. entree, desert, drink packets) in each package. Recipients will be responsible for the shipping and handling fee of $28.03.
The lightweight tiles protected the shuttles from extreme temperatures when the orbiters re-entered the Earth's atmosphere. "Tiles for Teachers" are offered for the shipping and handling fee of $23.40. For more information, go to
On October 15, Pacific Science Center will hold an educator open house with free admission to current exhibits, laser shows, IMAX screenings, planetarium presentations and more. Among the new exhibits is the Design Zone, which uses hands-on activities to show how design concepts become real world experiences in the arts, entertainment and extreme sports.
Free educator open houses are also being held at the Experience Music Project and the Space Needle that day.
Teachers are encouraged to register online. Registration includes access to Pacific Science Center, EMP and the Space Needle. For more information, go to
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