December 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
-- GEMINID METEOR SHOWER 2011 (4-12)
-- MICROGRAVITY FOR EDUCATORS (4-12)
-- SUMMER TEACHING OPPORTUNITY (5-12)
-- TRAIN LIKE AN ASTRONAUT (5-8)
Showers of meteors, the scientific name for "shooting stars," occur predictably several times a year, usually peaking within the same two- or three-day period. So what causes them? Why do they seem to come from the same part of the sky?
The Geminid shower peaks on December 14 and 15 (the date vary slightly year to year). On a moonless night, viewers often count 50 or more meteors an hour. Fewer will be visible this year due to the phase of the moon.
To learn more about meteor showers, visit
For more on the 2011 Geminids, go to
NASA Education has launched a new website for students and educators about NASA’s microgravity laboratories on Earth and on the International Space Station.
The site includes lesson plans, materials for students to build a do-it-yourself podcast with video and audio clips, and student activities. To explore the site, go to
The University of Washington's Robinson Center for Young Scholars is seeking to hire an instructor for its "To the Moon and Beyond" class, to be offered during the 2012 Summer Challenge program for highly capable fifth and sixth graders.
Classes are limited to 16 students. Two UW undergraduates serve as class teaching assistants. Applicants must have current teaching experience.
To apply, contact Associate Director Maren Halvorsen at
For more information on the Robinson Center, go to
TRAIN LIKE AN ASTRONAUT (5-8)
Train Like an Astronaut aims to increase opportunities both in and out of school for kids to become more physically and mentally active.
Developed in cooperation with NASA scientists and fitness professionals working directly with astronauts, these physical activities for students are modeled after the real-life training that astronauts do to prepare for exploring space. Kids will experience hands-on science that relates the needs of our bodies on Earth to the needs of an astronaut in space.
To download activities, visit
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