October 10, 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
-- WORK WITH WASHINGTON AEROSPACE SCHOLARS (6-12)
-- FREE WEBINAR SERIES (1-12)
-- SCIENTIST FOR A DAY (5-12)
-- MUSEUM IN A BOX (K-12)
Certified Washington state math and science teachers are invited to apply as evaluators and facilitators for Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS), a free statewide program for high school juniors. WAS emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math, and encourages students to consider careers in these fields.
The program is divided into two components: an online curriculum and a summer residency. Practicing, certified teachers from across the state are needed to serve as Phase I Online Academic Evaluators and Phase II Summer Residency Facilitators. Stipends and clock hours, as well as all room, board and travel expenses are provided to selected teachers.
The application deadline is November 2, 2012. For complete information, visit
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout December 2012. Aerospace education specialists will offer activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into the classroom.
The topics include robotics, astronomy, and investigating the climate system. For more information, visit
The Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest challenges students in grades 5-12 to become NASA scientists studying Saturn.
Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. Students then write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice. Winners will participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists.
The application deadline is 3 p.m. EDT on October 24, 2012. For age categories and other information, go to
NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate has updated and increased its stock of Museum in a Box lesson plans. Currently there are 32 lessons available, spanning grade levels K-12.
The lessons are designed for educators at museums, science centers and schools. All lessons align with national science and mathematics standards. Categories include History of Flight, Parts of an Airplane, Principles of Flight, Structures and Materials (including space shuttle tire and tile lessons), Propulsion, Future Flight, and Careers in Aeronautics, and Airspace.
To download lessons, go to
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