April 5, 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
-- NASA MULTIWAVELENGTH WORKSHOP (5-12)
-- NASA LITERATURE & SCIENCE (GRADES K-5)
-- ASP WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIPS (3-12)
-- SAVE THE DATE FOR SCIENCE (K-12+)
From June 25 to July 13, explore NASA resources in an online professional development workshop to understand how astronomers use their knowledge of light to investigate the universe.
Participants will leave the workshop with the ability to use astronomical examples (images, phenomena, telescopes) to describe the nature of light and color in terms of the regions of the Electromagnetic Spectrum. They will also understand how NASA resources can be used to address common student misconceptions about the nature of light and color.
Participants will be able to obtain academic credit through Sonoma State University. An option to audit the course at no cost will be offered on a space available basis. For more information, go to
On April 25, the Aerospace Education Services Project will present a free webinar on using NASA literature to enrich students’ vocabulary and scientific skill.
Education specialist Lester Morales will review the following publications: The Air we Breathe, Echo the Bat and Amelia the Pigeon. Participants will practice the scientific method and remote sensing in both the city and in the wild.
For more information on this event and other webinars taking place through May 2012, go to
A limited number of scholarships are available to teachers who plan to attend the professional development workshop at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Communicating Science conference in Tucson in August.
The workshop will cover astronomy and space science topics and activities, provide teacher resources including the new Universe at Your Fingertips DVD, and help teachers explain to their students why the world won't end in 2012. The deadline for scholarship applications is June 1, 2012.
For more information, go to
In June, Seattle is hosting the area’s first science festival. This public celebration will offer several days of science, technology, engineering and math-related activities, from creative exhibitions and demonstrations to workshops and even concerts.
Among the featured events being planned are behind-the-scenes tours at The Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, a science-under-sail adventure in the waters of Puget Sound with Salish Sea Expeditions, and a Science & Technology Scavenger Hunt hosted by eight biotechnology organizations in the South Lake Union area.
New events and participants are being added daily. To learn more, visit
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