August 8, 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 BASICS (K-12)
-- ONLINE CLIMATE COURSE (K-12)
-- NASA GALILEO EDUCATOR NETWORK (K-12)
-- PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS (7-12)
-- ROCKET LAUNCHER ADVISORY
Spread the excitement generated by the landing of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. Below is a roundup of links to general information on Mars and related classroom activities.
Mars Exploration Program: Summer of Innnovation Activities
Basic Information on Mars
Mars Image Collection
3D Images of Mars
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks K-12 science educators to take part in the development of a new online master's level course in climate research applications, funded by the NASA NICE program.
Climate change issues will serve as a context to develop research questions and design a discrete, locally-oriented research project through which they define a problem, analyze data, and develop conclusions to potentially impact decision-making in their community.
Participants will earn 3 graduate level credit hours through UN-L, as well as a stipend to cover tuition costs. Deadline to apply is August 20. For more information, contact Christine Haney Douglass at
NASA Galileo Educator Network (GEN) -- a new teacher professional development program employing a “train the trainer” model -- is launching its first national Professional Development Institute this September in Chicago.
Applications are open to teacher leaders, teacher educators and professional development providers. Participants will learn how to deliver their own GEN professional development to assist K-12 teachers with the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, in the context of astronomy and space science.
Those accepted into the program will receive reimbursement of travel expenses and a stipend upon delivery of their own 15-hour GEN professional development program for in-service or pre-service K-12 teachers in their home region.
For more information, go to
Harvard University’s Journal of Emerging Investigators (JEI) has formed a collaboration with the Institute for Earth Science Research and Education to publish a series of peer-reviewed climate-related papers authored by middle- and secondary-school students.
Journal submissions should be authored by one or more students, with or without faculty mentors or sponsors. All submissions must be in English. The first deadline for manuscripts describing work done during the 2012-13 school year is an e-mail of intent. This e-mail is due by November 30 and should include a tentative title and a brief (no more than 250 words) description of the proposed research.
For submission guidelines (including how to convert a science fair project into a science article, see
Please discontinue use of the air pressurized paper rocket launcher described in NASA’s Rockets Educator Guide, publications EG-2011-11-223-KSC, pp. 86-90 and EG-2008-05-060-KSC, pp. 86-90.
After a launcher recently failed, NASA completed an engineering investigation into the failure and determined that the launcher, or design equivalents, should not be used. NASA has removed the launcher design from its website and its education curriculum.
Individuals and organizations should immediately discontinue use of the launcher published in the referenced NASA publications. The point of contact for additional information is James Stofan, Deputy Associate Administrator for Education Integration at
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