February 6, 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
-- SEATTLE SCIENCE FESTIVAL (K-12)
-- ICY WORLDS ESSAY CONTEST (5-12)
-- 2013 SUN-EARTH DAY (K-12)
-- LANDSAT LAUNCH PARTY (5-12)
The Seattle Science Festival -- an 11-day celebration of science and technology -- returns June 6-16. There will be a free Science EXPO Day featuring hands-on activities and special stage programs on June 8, plus a variety of Signature Programs at venues around the region throughout the Festival.
Both Signature events and Science EXPO Day will offer field trip opportunities. Classes may also apply to do a stage presentation at Science EXPO Day of a class project or a STEM-themed act developed by students. The event is also seeking educators to serve as volunteers.
For more information on how to get involved, go to
Should NASA's next big mission to the outer solar system go to Saturn's moon, Titan, or Jupiter's moon, Europa? A NASA essay contest gives students in the United States a chance to research both planets, then tell NASA which one they think should be explored next and why.
The winning essays will be posted on a NASA website, and winners and their classes will be invited to participate in a videoconference or teleconference with NASA scientists. The contest deadline is February 28, 2013.
For complete rules and information, visit
This year's Sun-Earth Day will focus on the violent nature of our sun at the peak of solar activity and the discoveries coming from the heliophysics and planetary missions during this exciting period.
Every 11 years on average the sun reaches a peak period of activity called "Solar Maximum," followed a few years later by a period of quiet called "Solar Minimum." Resources and activities will focus on such Solar max questions as what would happen if there was another super storm and what happens on other planets.
The final celebration on March 22 will feature a live Sun-Earth Day webcast. For more information, resources, and social media connections, go to
Landsat's 40-year legacy continues on February 11 as the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) prepares for launch. A special Landsat launch kit provides activities and resources for a classroom launch party, plus a link to watch the launch live on NASA TV.
Landsat Data Continuity Mission provides our longest continuous view of Earth from space. For access to images, the launch kit and more information, go to
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