Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

May 7, 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

-- SCIENCE EXPO DAY (K-12)
-- SOLAR SYSTEM WEBINAR (4-12)
-- EARTH VIDEO CONTEST
-- TEACHERS TOUCH THE SKY (3-9)

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SCIENCE EXPO DAY (K-12)

On June 2, Science Expo Day at the Seattle Center will feature more than 150 family-friendly, hands-on experiments, exhibits, demonstrations, interactive activities, games and live theatrical and musical performances.

This free event is part of the first ever Seattle Science Festival, a week-long series of events taking place at sites around Seattle. For more information, visit

http://www.seattlesciencefestival.org

SOLAR SYSTEM WEBINAR (4-12)

The May 10 webinar, "Where in the Solar System is this Image?", features an interactive presentation connecting students with a scientist at the NASA Johnson Space Center.

NASA’s Expedition Earth and Beyond (EEAB) Program promotes student-led research investigations in the classroom using NASA data and resources. Students will view astronaut imagery of Earth and remote sensing imagery of other planetary bodies in our Solar System as they identify features, planetary locations, and learn the significance behind imagery being shared.

For registration and information, go to

http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_05102012.cfm

EARTH VIDEO CONTEST

Create your own compelling video vision of NASA's exploration of Earth: The Home Frontier and win behind-the-scenes access to the next rocket launch of a NASA Earth-observing satellite.

Entrants will post short videos on YouTube that capture what they find inspiring and important about the unique view and understanding of Earth provided by NASA science. Submissions will be accepted until May 31.

For complete guidelines, see

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/earthday-vid-2012.html

TEACHERS TOUCH THE SKY (3-9)

Space science is inherently interesting to students, making it the ideal vehicle for teaching basic scientific concepts to children in a concrete and captivating manner.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will hold a one-week astronomy workshop for teachers based on current projects in astronomy and space science at JPL, with an emphasis on NASA's Dawn Mission to the asteroid Vesta. The integration of the lessons into the teachers' own curricula will be discussed, and a field trip to JPL's Table Mountain Observatory is included.

Teachers will receive an honorarium of $500 for participation plus classroom materials. The application deadline is June 5. For more information, go to

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=273

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