November 7, 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
-- AFTERSCHOOL UNIVERSE WORKSHOP (5-8)
-- AIRBORNE ASTRONOMY AMBASSADORS (6-12)
-- NIH BIOSCIENCE CHALLENGE (K-12)
-- EINSTEIN FELLOWSHIPS (K-12)
On December 10, NASA Education Ambassador Susan Kelly will conduct a free training session on NASA's Afterschool Universe at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Afterschool Universe is an out-of-school-time astronomy program targeted at middle school students. The hands-on activities were developed in collaboration with NASA astronomers.
The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited; the deadline to register is November 16.
To register, go to
To learn more about the Afterschool Universe, visit
NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy is now accepting applications for its Cycle 1 Airborne Astronomy Ambassador (AAA) Program. Participants will work side-by-side with NASA scientists, flying on overnight missions, at altitudes of up to 45,000 feet, in order to capture data utilizing the 2.5 meter-diameter telescope on board.
Two-member educator teams must include at least one grade 6-12 science teacher, and the second team member may be a math, science or technology teacher at elementary or secondary level, or an informal educator. The application deadline is November 15.
For more information, go to
The National Institutes of Health is compiling a collection of engaging, inexpensive experiments for students from kindergarten through high school and needs the public's help. They are asking science enthusiasts -- students, teachers, parents, scientists and organizations -- to submit their best experiments.
The experiment should be original, inexpensive, related to health and life science, and easily accessible for use in a K-12 classroom. The deadline to submit experiment ideas is December 1. Winning submissions will be included in the NIH collection of the best procedures, which will be available for free in print, online, and on mobile devices from the NIH Office of Science Education website.
For more information, go to
Applications are now open for the 2012-13 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. The fellowships are open to current elementary and secondary classroom teachers of mathematics, technology, engineering and science who have demonstrated excellence in teaching.
Selected teachers spend a school year in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with policy makers. Fellows may serve with one of several government agency sponsors, including the Department of Energy, NASA or the National Science Foundation.
Applications are due Jan. 5, 2012. For details, visit
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