Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

November 22, 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

-- PROJECT SPLASH (9-12)
-- SEARCHING FOR LIFE ON MARS (5-8)
-- SSEP FLIGHT OPPORTUNITY (5-12)
-- TEACHER AT SEA (K-12)

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PROJECT SPLASH (9-12)

The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project's Project Splash is an exciting new opportunity for informal educators to engage high school girls in robotics.

The one-week training will introduce the new underwater LEGO™ robotics curriculum, exemplary practices in gender equity and engineering messaging, and strategies and tools for implementing a summer camp for high school girls.

Training will take place January 23-27. Participants will host one-week summer camps for girls in the summer of 2012. To apply to receive the training at no cost, go to

http://www.ngcproject.org/events/events.cfm?eventid=225

SEARCHING FOR LIFE ON MARS (5-8)

Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars, a web seminar for middle school teachers, includes an inquiry-based lesson introducing life forms living in extreme environments and features the “It’s Just Right” activity, an experiment to determine a range of tolerance for temperature extremes in samples of baker’s yeast.

The webinar airs November 30 and again on January 10. For more information and to register online, visit

http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar7.aspx

SSEP FLIGHT OPPORTUNITY (5-12)

Applications are now open for the fourth Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) flight opportunity to the International Space Station (ISS).

Each participating community will be provided all launch services to fly a real microgravity research mini-laboratory on ISS from September 28 to November 12, 2012, and a kit for assembly of their mini-lab. All participating communities must be aboard by February 27, 2012.

For more information, go to

http://ssep.ncesse.org/?p=7954

TEACHER AT SEA (K-12)

Interested in conducting research at sea this summer? Applications are open for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Teacher at Sea (TAS) program.

TAS is designed to give teachers a clearer insight into our ocean planet and a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, as well as increasing their level of environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience.

Applications close November 30. For more information, go to

http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/index.html

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