December 20, 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
-- NASA SPINOFF VIDEO CONTEST (3-12)
-- CLIMATE SCIENCE RESEARCH WORKSHOP
-- ORGANIZE MATH CLUBS & EVENTS (K-5)
-- WSGC SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE (11-12)
The Optimus Prime Spinoff Award Contest (named for the popular leader of the Transformers) is designed to raise students' awareness of technology transfer efforts and how NASA technologies contribute to our everyday lives. This year, the competition has been extended to high school students.
Participants will create and submit a three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technology. Videos must demonstrate an understanding of the NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission, as well as the commercial application and public benefit associated with the "transformed" technology.
Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTube channel, and the public will be responsible for the first round of judging. The top five submissions from each of the three grade groups (3-5, 6-8 and 9-12) will advance for final judging. Among other prizes, a crystal Optimus Prime Spinoff Award trophy will be given to winners at a special awards ceremony being held in Florida in next April.
The deadline to register is January 3, 2012. Video entries are due January 17, 2012. For more information, go to
In summer 2012, the Institute for Earth Science Research and Education will offer two professional development workshops on climate science in New York City, with possible on-campus housing and travel support for out-of-area teachers.
Funded by the NASA Innovations in Climate Education program, this project seeks to improve student engagement in climate science by helping teachers and students develop authentic climate-related science research projects. The first workshop will be held in late June or early July, with follow-up activities conducted online for out-of-area participants.
For more information, visit
STEPs, a K-12 outreach program at Oregon State University, offers a wide range of math resources for use in the classroom and for organizing family math events.
Event materials include Powerpoint presentations leading students and parents through a series of games and activities designed to develop number sense and computational strategies. Also included are blacklines for handouts, gameboards, and guidelines for planning the event. Materials are offered in English and Spanish.
To download materials, go to
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. /p>
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
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