March 27, 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
-- MARS HABITAT DESIGN CONTEST (K-12)
-- ZERO ROBOTICS CHALLENGE (7-12+)
-- MARS STUDENT IMAGING (5-12+)
-- GLOBE AT NIGHT (K-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. The application deadline is April 6, 2012.
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 and tickets to the Seattle Science Festival Science Luminaries Series, plus a cash award and more. For complete information, go to
Zero Robotics takes "arena robotics" to new heights, literally. The robots are miniature satellites called SPHERES, and the final tournament is aboard the International Space Station.
The goal of the tournament is to write a computer program to control a satellite to dock with a space object that may be tumbling through space. The best algorithm submissions from simulation competitions will be tested in microgravity on real SPHERES satellites aboard the International Space Station.
The contest runs March 28 - April 25, 2012. Registration is now open and teams must join the competition by April 20, 2012. For more information, visit
The Mars Student Imaging Project is seeking educator applicants to participate in a virtual experiential opportunity. Students will be able to ask a research question about Mars, use real Mars data to answer the question, interact with Mars scientists and target a new image of Mars using a special camera aboard Mars Odyssey.
For more information about the project and to apply online, visit
GLOBE at Night is a worldwide, hands-on science and education program for primary and secondary schools. From April 11-20, join thousands of teachers, students and families around the world in a hunt for stars while helping create a light-pollution map worldwide.
Activity packets, one-page flyers and postcards advertising the campaign are available at
This year children and adults can submit their measurements in real time if they have a smart phone or tablet. To get the Globe at Night app, go to
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