January 8, 2013
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
-- PROPERTIES OF LIVING THINGS (4-8)
-- SPACE PLACE EN ESPAÑOL (2-5)
-- GLOBE AT NIGHT 2013 (K-12)
-- GIRLS ON ICE (9-12)
On January 10, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association will host a 90-minute "webinar" on extremophiles and searching for life.
Participants will review criteria for determining if something is alive and learn how students apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Participants will collaborate about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.
For more information, visit
For a list of other upcoming NSTA/NASA Explorer Schools webinars, go to
La historia de una extraña noche de tormenta -- a new addition to the Spanish-language version of the NASA's Space Place website for elementary students -- tells the story of the severe solar storm of August 1859, where the Northern Lights were seen as far south as Central America.
Also included with the story is ¡Escudos arriba! ("Shields Up!"), a game in which the player has to protect Earth-orbiting satellites from the wrath of bad space weather. The game and article are also available in English.
To read the story and play the game, visit
Globe at Night is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by mapping the stars visible in their local area.
In 2013, there will be five mapping campaigns. Teacher and family activity kits are available, along with packets of activities to prepare students before the observing period begins. The next campaign begins January 31.
For more information, go to
Last month scientists unveiled an unprecedented new look at Earth at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before.
To view the composite and learn more about this topic, visit
Girls on Ice is a unique, free wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year two teams of nine teenage girls and three instructors spend 11 days exploring and learning about glaciers and alpine landscapes through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists and mountaineers.
Expeditions take place in the North Cascades of Washington and in Alaska. Applications are due February 1, 2013. For more information, go to
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