April 25, 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
-- SENSE IT WORKSHOPS (9-12)
-- NASA G.I.R.L.S. (5-8)
-- NEW DATA, NEW IDEAS (K-12)
-- ZOONIVERSE IN THE CLASSROOM
Student Enabled Network of Sensors for the Environment using Innovative Technology (SENSE IT) challenges high school students to design, build, deploy and interpret data from their own environmental sensors.
On May 11 and 12, SENSE IT professional development workshops will be offered at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Participating teachers will be provided with the materials to implement the sensor construction in their classroom.
Teachers will receive a stipend of $350 for participating in 10 hours of professional development. For more information, go to
NASA G.I.R.L.S. is a unique one-on-one mentoring experience from women working at NASA for middle school girls interested in a career in science, technology, engineering or math.
The mentoring project will take place over a five-week period during the summer. Participants will complete online lessons with their mentors while virtually connected through Skype or Google Chat.
Applications open May 15 and are due June 15. Applicants must be U.S. citizens in grades 5-8 or home-school equivalent. For more information, go to
Our understanding of the solar system is constantly changing as we make new discoveries. In May, Year of the Solar System materials are geared to helping students learn the process of science -- the way that new data can support or alter existing theories and inspire new ideas.
In addition to classroom activities, the site offers links to podcasts, video, slide sets and more. Some materials are also available in Spanish.
For more information, go to
The Zooniverse is home to the internet's largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects.
Beginning in 2007 with Galaxy Zoo, the Zooniverse now has 10 active research projects. The newest is Planet Hunters, where participants help sieve through data taken by the NASA Kepler space mission.
To participate in Planet Hunters or another Zooniverse project, visit
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