March 14, 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
-- SOLAR WEEK COMING UP (5-12)
-- CHEMISTRY GRANTS FOR TEACHERS (K-12)
-- EARTH DAY PHOTO CONTEST (5-8)
-- DAWN CURRICULUM STUDY (10-12)
-- ISSLIVE! APP AVAILABLE (9-12)
-- ANIMALS IN SPACE (K-12)
Every fall and spring since 2000, Solar Week has provided a week-long series of web-based educational classroom activities and games for students with a focus on our dynamic Sun and its effects on Earth. This spring Solar Week is March 19-23.
Solar week is ideal for students studying the solar system, the stars, or astronomy in general, and now Solar Week features a day on solar energy. Students learn about solar eclipses, sunspots, solar flares, and solar storms through a series of activities, games and lessons. After doing the activities, students can interact on the bulletin board with leading scientists at the forefront of Sun-Earth research.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit
The sun is also the focus this month on Year of the Solar System. For classroom resources, go to
The Puget Sound chapter of the American Chemical Society will award one-year grants of up to $500 to area K-12 teachers.
Awards may be used for supplies and equipment for high school students conducting chemistry/science demonstrations at K-9 schools; for selected chemistry journals and books, including safety and waste disposal texts; for K-12 teacher supplies and equipment to develop new chemistry experiments; and for K-12 teachers to attend chemistry courses, symposia or institutes. Preference will be given to teachers who are extending their range of competence.
Teachers are asked to submit a one-page proposal. The deadline for proposals is April 27, 2012. For more information, please contact Clarita Bhat at
Our planet is changing quickly. The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is holding an Earth Day photo contest, asking middle school students to capture the seasonal changes in their local environment.
During the week of Earth Day (April 22), middle school students across the country can be part of a unique photography and short essay contest, documenting changes in their local environment. The top three winners will receive $150, $100, and $75 Visa gift cards. Entries must be received by e-mail or postmarked by May 11.
For more instructions, visit
Dawn Mission Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) is seeking physics, chemistry, and integrated science classes (grades 10-12) to take part in a pilot study testing the Dawn instrumentation module.
Dawn, part of NASA's Discovery Program of missions, was launched in 2007 to orbit the large asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn has been orbiting Vesta since July 2011 and mapping its surface.
"Interactions of Energy and Matter: Dawn Instrumentation" unpacks the concepts underlying how Dawn's instruments gather and analyze data. For more information, see
ISSLive! is a unique tool for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The website provides live data from the International Space Station and real world STEM applications that can used to engage students.
Users can take a virtual 3-D tour of the Mission Control Center and the space station, and view mission control console displays with real-time data. Interactive educational lessons using the data, as well as crew and science timelines with individual crew member, social media and international science experiment details are also available via the app.
To tour the website or download the ISSLive! app for iPhone, iPad and Android, go to
On March 16, the Aerospace Education Services Project will present a free webinar on how to use stuffed animals as props in telling the story of the animals that preceded humans in space.
The program is geared for teachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the Core Literacy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.
For more information, visit
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