Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

February 7, 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

-- EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE 2/16 (K-12)
-- AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH (K-12)
-- INTERACTIVE GAME CHALLENGE (K-12)
-- ARMY-NAVY BRIDGE DESIGN CONTEST (6-7)
-- COMET MYSTERY BOXES (K-8)
-- GLOBE AT NIGHT (K-12)

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EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE 2/16 (K-12)

On February 16, the Museum of Flight will hold a free educator open house from 5-8 p.m in the new Charles Simonyi Space Gallery, soon to be home to the much-anticipated Space Shuttle trainer.

The evening of fun, science and food will give teachers a chance to meet with Ron Hobbs, a NASA Space Ambassador. Visitors will experience the “Science Sideshow” (interactive challenges that explore ideas of space science), see the history of aviation with flying toys in a “Flying Gizmo Show!” and create a balloon airship to fly through a cosmic wormhole.

Educators will need to present a current Educator ID. Parking is available adjacent to the gallery. To attend this event, please RSVP to

education@museumofflight.org

For more information, go to

http://www.museumofflight.org/event/2012/feb/16/science-side-show-educator-open-house

AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH (K-12)

In observance of National African American History Month and Engineers Week, NASA will host a live webcast for K-12 teachers and students.

On Feb. 22 from 1-2 p.m. (EST), African-American engineers and scientists will share with students how they use science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in their careers. Presenters will discuss what sparked their career choices and how students can prepare for similar future careers. Students will be able to submit questions for the scientists to answer via an email address that will be provided by the on-air host.

The event will be streamed on the Digital Learning Network "DLiNfo" webcast channel. For more information on these events and how to participate, go to

http://dln.nasa.gov

or direct questions to Trena Ferrell at

Trena.M.Ferrell@nasa.gov

Also, NASA's Digital Learning Network is hosting a webcast series titled Flying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen. The first webcast takes place today (February 7). For more information, see

http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/special/TuskegeeAirmen.html

INTERACTIVE GAME CHALLENGE (K-12)

Have an idea for how interactive technology and game-based learning can improve teaching and learning? Enter the Challenge to Innovate, or C2i: Gaming Challenge.

Proposed ideas must effectively incorporate game-based learning. Registered participants can review, comment and vote on submitted ideas. At the end of the review period, up to 10 ideas will receive $1,000 cash awards from the National Education Association's NEA Foundation.

Submissions must be received by March 5. For more information, go to

For more information, go to

https://innovation.ed.gov/challenges/gaming/show

ARMY-NAVY BRIDGE DESIGN CONTEST (6-7)

The first-ever Army-Navy Bridge Design Contest is a special edition of the national West Point Bridge Design Contest, created specifically for students in grades 6 and 7. The contest provides students with a realistic introduction to engineering through an engaging, hands-on design experience.

Students may work as individuals or in teams of two and must enter the contest through a teacher sponsor. No direct student submissions will be accepted. Contestants may compete on behalf of either the Army or the Navy.

Design submissions are due March 1. Top designs will advance to semifinals. In May, the top semifinalists will compete in a final round at West Point. For more information, go to

http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/armynavy.htm

COMET MYSTERY BOXES (K-8)

Introduce students to the physical characteristics of comets by using a tactile learning experience. Using only their hands, students reach into a series of boxes and feel the variety of materials and structures within. Each box contains an object that represents a quality of comets.

Download instructional materials at

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Comet_Mystery_Boxes.html

GLOBE AT NIGHT (K-12)

In 2012, there are three more opportunities to participate in the GLOBE at Night program, beginning February 12-21.

The GLOBE at Night program is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure their night sky brightness and submit their observations to a website from a computer or smart phone.

For more information, go to

http://www.globeatnight.org/

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