October 18, 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
-- MUSEUM OF FRIGHT 10/28
-- SPACE LAB COMPETITION (9-12)
-- NASA K-12 EDUCATOR FELLOWSHIPS
-- ELWHA DAM REMOVAL
-- EDUCATION CARNIVAL (K-12)
For one night every year, the Museum of Flight becomes the Museum of Fright for a family-friendly Halloween.
The free event takes place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Costumes are encouraged. Fun and "dead-ucational" activities are offered for all ages, including storytelling, ghost parachute drops, shadow puppets and stormy flights on frightful simulators.
For more information this event and the Halloween sleepover that follows, go to
NASA and its partners have launched a global competition for high school students to design experiments that will be performed aboard the International Space Station and broadcast around the world.
The contest is designed to encourage students ages 14 to 18 to develop STEM skills through practical experience. Contest participants may submit up to three experiments in either life sciences or physics. A two-minute video application must be submitted by December 7 via YouTube.com.
A panel of internationally renowned scientists, astronauts and teachers will judge the entries with input from the YouTube community. Public voting will begin on Jan. 3, 2012. Two global winners will be announced in January 2012.
For more information, including lesson plans, go to
The NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project annually awards fellowships of 12-18 months to 50 formal educators. Endeavor Fellows take five graduate courses in an innovative, online format from the comfort of their homes or schools.
There is no fee to participate. In these courses, participants gain science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, professional development. They learn to apply research-based pedagogical strategies and cutting-edge STEM content to their classroom contexts while becoming part of a network of like-minded educators across the nation.
Cohort 4 begins in January 2012. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 31, 2011.
For more information, go to
In mid-September, the three-year process of simultaneously removing the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams began in order to restore a free-flowing river. It is the largest dam removal project in U.S. history.
The National Park Service website offers research documents, webcams and a blog of removal activity. To explore the site, go to
An interactive slideshow illustrating the entire removal process is available at
On October 27, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture will hold a free educator open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests will learn more about educator resources such as Burke Boxes, teacher training and resources for homeschools and scouts, as well as museum tours.
Hands-on activities include holding a dinosaur bone, examining ancient stone tools, viewing contemporary Native American art, and making carnival hats. For more information and preregistration, go to
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