August 21, 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
-- HUMANS IN SPACE ART CONTEST (5-12)
-- BAG OF BONES (K-8)
-- LUNAR CONSTRUCTION GAME (4-12)
-- ASTRONOMY RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY (8-12+)
The 2012 Humans in Space Youth Art Competition invites students ages 10-18 to express their ideas about the future of human space exploration through visual, literary, musical or digital art.
Artwork submissions will be judged on creativity, skill and demonstration of meaning relevant to the question: “How will humans use science and technology to explore space, and what mysteries will we uncover?”
Winning art will be showcased at displays and multimedia performances worldwide from 2013 to 2014, as well as in an online gallery.
Submissions must be received by October 21, 2012. For more information, visit
Students test bone density using plastic snack bags, corn puff cereal and a heavy book. They apply the scientific method to determine degrees of bone loss and learn why healthy bones are important in space and on Earth.
To download this classroom activity, go to
Selene: A Lunar Construction Game lets students and teachers learn about basic geological processes on Earth and in the solar system while helping educational researchers study how and when people learn through educational video games.
Named after the Greek lunar goddess, Selene challenges players to learn the major geologic processes scientists believe formed the modern Moon. Players create their own moon and then pepper it with impact craters and flood it with lava.
The game is open to ages 9 and up and can be played anytime, anyplace. Beginning this fall, a Spanish language version will be available. To learn more, visit
NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) is seeking educators to conduct authentic astronomical research. While the program has traditionally recruited high school teachers, eighth grade teachers and community college faculty have also participated.
The program matches small groups of educators with a professional astronomer who mentors them through a year-long original research project using NASA’s vast archives of data from space- and ground-based telescopes. Educators are required to leverage this experience by providing professional development for their colleagues in their local school districts. It also involves several trips for educator participants and their students to collaborate with scientists and present the research results, all of which are paid for by the program.
The application deadline is September 21, 2012. For more information, go to
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