January 19, 2012
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
-- DESIGN A MARS HABITAT CONTEST (K-12)
-- PSC EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE 2/4 (K-12)
-- PLANETARY SCIENCE IN SPANISH (9-12+)
-- TAKE PICTURES FROM SPACE (5-8)
-- GREAT MOONBUGGY RACE (9-12+)
Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium, in conjunction with Pacific Science Center and the Seattle Science Festival, is challenging students to design a Martian base habitat for the planet's first human explorers.
Students will compete in three age categories: grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12. All competitors will design and draw an original concept of a Martian base. Entries from students in grades 5-12 must also include an essay (two pages or less) describing the operation of their bases.
The grand prize includes a one-year family membership to Pacific Science Center, two tickets to the Seattle Science Festival Science Luminaries Series event of their choice, two IMAX tickets, a commemorative Space Shuttle flash drive, a Seattle Science Festival t-shirt and $150 cash award.
For more information, go to
On February 4, the Pacific Science Center will hold a free open house for educators. The jam-packed day of exhibits, give-aways, films, live science shows and more opens at 8:30 a.m., with light refreshments served until 10 a.m.
Attendees are asked to register in advance and will need to present school ID. Educators are welcome to bring up to two guests. Pre-registration also includes admission to the EMP and Space Needle, plus the opening of the new Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center.
To register, go to
Discoveries in Planary Science, the classroom PowerPoint displays offered by the Division for Planetary Sciences of America Astronomical Society, is also available in Spanish.
Descubrimientos en Ciencias Planetarias was translated by Pedro Sada of the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico. Each set consists of three slides: the discovery itself, a basic explanation based on good planetary science, and the "big picture" context, plus a sheet of additional information.
To download either the English or Spanish materials, go to
Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Mission from Jan. 31 - Feb. 3, 2012.
Sponsored by NASA, EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students) is an educational outreach program allowing middle school students to take pictures of our Earth from a digital camera on board the International Space Station.
For more information and registration, visit
Registration is open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, where in high school and college students design and build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team.
The deadline to register is February 10. Each school may enter up to two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The race will take place April 13-14, 2012, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
For more information, go to
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