June 12, 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 MINI-GRANTS (6-9)
-- SSEP FLIGHT OPPORTUNITY OPEN (5-12)
-- FREE WEATHER STUDIES COURSE (K-12)
-- CLIMATE CHANGE PILOT (5-12)
-- FREE COMPUTER RECYCLING (K-12)
-- E-LETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE
Until June 29, NASA is accepting proposals for the 2012 Summer of Innovation Mini-Grants. The awards will enable local groups to infuse science, technology, engineering and mathematics content and activities into existing summer and/or afterschool programs for middle school students.
Organizations may apply for up to $2,500 in funding to incorporate SoI content and themes into their programming. Last year 170 mini-grants were awarded in 46 states, including four in Washington state.
For eligibility, timeline and application information, please see
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program's Mission 3 to the International Space Station gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station.
Each participating community will be provided an experiment slot in a real microgravity research minilaboratory scheduled to fly on the space station in spring of 2013. An experiment design competition in each community -- engaging 300 to 1,000 students -- allows student teams to design real experiments vying for their communities’ reserved experiment slot on the space station.
This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are encouraged to participate. All participating communities must be aboard by Sept. 12, 2012. For more information, visit
The DataStreme Project, an American Meteorological Society educational outreach program, is offering a 12-week weather studies course to K-12 teachers, beginning September 3.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive 4.5 graduate level credits for free. Two meetings are scheduled at the National Weather Office in Seattle, with the rest of the work completed at home, with assistance/feedback via email from a course mentor. Space is limited to eight participants.
For more information, visit
To register, contact Dave Weller at
The Exploring the Environment – Global Climate Change (ETE-GCC) project has five modules ready for testing: Global Temperatures, Ice Caps and Sea Levels, Human Health, Volcanoes, and Drought.
These modules present an updated theoretical approach to problem-based learning (PBL) that focuses on scientific inquiry, use of satellite imagery, and incorporating teaching strategies recommended in the Next Generation Science Standards.
The project seeks middle and high school teachers who are willing to pilot test these problem-based learning activities. Pre-service teachers are also welcome to participate in the process.
For more information, go to
Sign up between now and August 31, 2012, and Apple will collect any brand of computers and peripherals from your school for free recycling. That includes PCs and qualifying peripherals from any manufacturer. For more information, go to
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