September 5, 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
-- ROVING MARS WITH CURIOSITY
-- ASTEROID NAMING CONTEST (K-12)
-- SPACE FOOD FOR SCHOOLS (K-12+)
-- CLIMATE CHANGE WEBINARS (9-12)
-- IGES SPACE ART CONTEST (2-4)
On September 6, join NASA's Digital Learning Network (DLN) at 1:30 p.m. EDT for a special event to launch the newly updated "Next Step Mars" module. The updates are designed to help your students get a closer look at Mars by studying alongside the Curiosity rover.
After this kick-off event, the module will be available online for teacher use. For complete information, see
Asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36 --target of the upcoming OSIRIS-REx mission -- needs a name and students worldwide have an opportunity to give it one.
The competition is open to students under age 18. Each contestant can submit one name, up to 16 characters long. Entries must include a short explanation and rationale for the name. Submissions must be made by an adult on behalf of the student.
The contest deadline is December 2, 2012. For more information, go to
Beginning September 12, schools and universities can sign up and request an authentic "Space Food Package" containing approximately three packets of dehydrated astronaut space food.
These pieces of space history are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For information on how to obtain a package for the classroom or lecture space, visit
Lifelines for High School Climate Change Education, a project for high school teachers, is holding two webinars this fall that are open for anyone to attend. Both cover data tools for the classroom.
For more information, go to
The theme for the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies' art contest this year is biodiversity. The World's a Place of Living Things urges students to learn about all the forms of life in a particular place (like the Arctic or the rainforest or the back yard) then create artwork showing what they've learned.
Entries must be received by IGES no later than November 7, 2012. For complete rules and information, visit
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