October 4, 2011
WSGC Newsletter for Educators
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
-- NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS
-- WORK WITH WASHINGTON AEROSPACE SCHOLARS (6-12)
-- WSGC SCHOLARSHIPS OPEN (11-12)
-- GRAIL NAMING CONTEST (K-12)
-- WONDERS OF WEATHER CONTEST (2-4)
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2011 was awarded to Saul Perlmutter, Brian P Schmidt and Adam G Riess for discovering the accelerating expansion of the universe.
In honor of the event, the Guardian newspaper ran a live blog with links to other articles and videos of the three winners discussing their work. To visit the archive, go to
Certified Washington state math and science teachers are invited to apply as evaluators and facilitators for Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS), a free statewide program for high school juniors. WAS emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math, and encourages students to consider careers in these fields.
The program is divided into two components: an online curriculum and a summer residency. Practicing, certified teachers from across the state are needed to serve as Phase I Online Academic Evaluators and Phase II Summer Residency Facilitators. Stipends, 60 clock hours, and all room, board and travel expenses are provided to selected teachers.
The application deadline is October 28. For complete information, visit
Each year Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium offers scholarships for incoming freshmen who plan to study science, technology, engineering or math at the University of Washington.
These competitive scholarships are based on high school academic achievement, standardized test scores, personal essays, recommendations, and future academic promise. The deadline to apply is January 9, 2012.
For an application and more information, see
Now that the GRAIL mission is underway, the two robotic spacecraft -- currently dubbed "GRAIL-A" and "GRAIL-B" -- need real names, ones that capture the spirit and excitement of lunar exploration.
The naming contest is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade at public or private schools in the United States (homeschooled students are also eligible). Entries must be submitted by teachers using an online entry form. Length of submissions can range from a short paragraph to a 500-word essay.
The winners will be invited to participate in a teleconference with GRAIL mission team members.The entry deadline is November 11. For more information, go to
When you go outside, what makes you wonder? Is it the colors and shapes of clouds? The burst of thunder during a rainy afternoon? Or a thick white blanket made of slowly falling snowflakes?
This year the theme for the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies' art contest is the wonders of weather. Entries may not exceed 16"x20" and should be creative, bold and colorful. The winners of first, second, and third place will receive $100, $75 and $50 gift cards, respectively, plus framed color certificates.
The winning artwork will also be showcased on the IGES website. The entry deadline is November 7. For more information, go to
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