February 23, 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
-- POLAR SCIENCE WEEKEND (K-12)
-- WSSEF TEACHER TRAINING (1-12)
-- SUN-EARTH DAY UPDATES (K-12)
-- ASTROBIOLOGY FOR TEACHERS (9-12)
From March 1-4, visitors to the Pacific Science Center can build an igloo, snuggle into hooded cold-weather parkas, peek into tents used in polar research camps, take the salinity taste test and join a spectacular smashing ice demonstration.
It's all part of Polar Science Weekend. Participants will also meet polar scientists who work in some of the most remote and challenging places on earth.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit
On March 31, the 2012 Washington State Science & Engineering Fair is offering four hours of teacher training, complete with free clock hours and class materials.
The course is being offered in conjunction with WSSEF and covers how to mentor students to create high quality science projects and how the elements of these projects meet the Essential Academic Learning Requirement (EALR) 2.
For more information and an overview of the course content, go to
WSSEF also offers a stipend program to help students in need travel to the event. Applications may be found at the same site. The deadline to apply is February 29.SUN-EARTH DAY UPDATES (K-12)
This year's Sun-Earth Day will focus on the Transit of Venus, among the rarest astronomical phenomena and one that won't happen again until the year 2117.
On June 5, 2012, the planet Venus will move across the face of the early morning sun. In preparation for this rare event, NASA is offering lesson plans, podcasts and other materials. For more information, go to
On March 14, NASA educator Rick Varner will discuss the inherent connection between the sun and life on Earth and share sun-Earth activities and resources available for use in the classroom. Information on this and other NASA Educators Online Network webcasts may be found at
Applications are now open for the Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers (ASSET), offered July 23-28 by the SETI Institute.
ASSET, a science and curriculum institute for high school science teachers, offers an interactive and content-rich program, with presentations by leading astrobiology researchers from the SETI Institute, NASA, and California Academy of Sciences. Participants will receive the Voyages Through Time curriculum.
All expenses are covered by grant funds. Applications from two-person teams or individuals are accepted. The application deadline is April 13, 2012. For more details, go to
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