Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

January 22, 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

-- MUSEUM OF FLIGHT EDUCATOR EVENING (K-12)
-- JPL SCIENCE FAIR TUTORIALS
-- PSC/EMP/GATES OPEN HOUSES (K-12)
-- TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS (7-12)
-- WHAT IF? COMPETITION (9-12)

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MUSEUM OF FLIGHT EDUCATOR EVENING (K-12)

On February 6, the Museum of Flight will hold a special educator evening in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery. Highlights will include educational activities and exclusive crew compartment tours of the NASA’s Full Fuselage Trainer (FFT).

Participants will need to present a current Educator ID and must be 21 or older. Food and beverages provided by Monte Cristo. Parking is available adjacent to the museum.

To attend this free event, RSVP by January 30 to

education@museumofflight.org

For more details, go to

http://www.museumofflight.org/event/2013/feb/06/educator-evening

JPL SCIENCE FAIR TUTORIALS

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) offers a video series designed to take teachers, students and parents through the process of crafting a science fair project.

The six videos cover the project design process from generating an idea to communicating the final results in an attractive display. To watch the series, visit

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/sciencefair/

For information on the 2013 Washington State Science & Engineering Fair, visit

http://www.wssef.org/

PSC/EMP/GATES OPEN HOUSES (K-12)

On February 2, Pacific Science Center is opening its doors to the education community to showcase educational exhibits, programs and field trip opportunities, with a day full of science, discovery and excitement.

The event, which requires pre-registration, will include a Science On Wheels demonstration, a look at the new Professor Wellbody Academy of Health & Wellness exhibit and featured speakers from the PSC education department.

The EMP and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center will also hold educator preview events on the same day. Only these events are open to homeschool educators.

To register, visit

http://tinyurl.com/azxu2nx

TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS (7-12)

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, program.

Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the president of the United States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Nominations for secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are due April 1, 2013; applications are due May 1. For complete information, visit

http://www.paemst.org/

WHAT IF? COMPETITION (9-12)

The What If? competition asks teams of teenage rocket makers (grades 9-12) to design a vehicle propulsion system using available materials including candy and carbonated beverages.

The teams must create a research plan, write a research paper, develop and build the propulsion system, make a video showing the vehicle in action, and submit the video to judges via YouTube.com. A panel of scientists, astronauts and educators will judge the entries and select finalists.

Registration is open through February 28. For more information, go to

http://www.whatifprize.org/

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