March 7, 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
-- TWO CHANCES TO THINK SOLAR (5-12)
-- MAVEN AMBASSADORS WANTED (6-12)
-- ASTROBIOLOGY SUMMER WORKSHOP (7-12)
-- 2012 NESTA-AGU PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE
In March, NASA offers two student opportunities to celebrate our relationship with the sun: Solar Week 2013 and the SolarMAX! Anime Contest for NASA Sun-Earth Days.
Solar Week, taking place from March 18-22, offers a lively week of online activities and curriculum for grades 5-8, focusing on study of the sun. Games and lesson plans are available for the entire week, along with a message board where students can leave questions to be answered by leading solar scientists.
To register a classroom, find materials, see the weekly schedule, and more, visit
For the SolarMAX Anime Contest, students ages 13 and up are invited to create a new and original anime-style character with a visible space weather-related super power to help SolarMAX keep an eye on space weather in our solar system.
The deadline to submit a character is March 20. The first winning selections will appear on the LIVE Sun-Earth Days webcast on March 22. For complete rules, go to
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission, set to launch in November 2013, will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere, and interactions with the solar wind. NASA is offering a weeklong, summer workshop for middle and high school teachers interested in participating in the MAVEN Educator Ambassador (MEA) program.
Participants in the MEA program will receive training on a variety of standards-based classroom activities, plus follow-up support for several years. NASA expects that participants will implement some of the lesson plans and resources in their classrooms, as well as conduct local teacher trainings on the MAVEN mission and related educational activities.
A $700 travel stipend is offered, along with a $700 honorarium after a local workshop is conducted. Housing and meals are provided. Applications are due March 31. For more details, go to
The Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers (ASSET) is an intense, content-rich, weeklong workshop with presentations by researchers from the SETI Institute, NASA, and the California Academy of Sciences on topics including the origin of life on Earth, Mars exploration, the formation of planetary systems around Sun-like stars, and the search for life in the universe.
This workshop for middle and high school teachers features a combination of cutting edge science, inquiry-based teaching and learning, and leadership skills development to support participants as teachers and teacher trainers. Attendees receive the entire Voyages Through Time curriculum and complementary astrobiology materials, developed by NASA’s Astrobiology Institute.
ASSET 2013 will be held July 29 - August 2, 2013. Applications will be accepted March 15 - April 30. For more information, visit
Educator workshop presentations from the American Geophysical Union meeting last December are now available online. Six teams of scientists and education specialists offered activities and information on areas of Earth, environmental, and space sciences. The presentations were a collaboration between the American Geophysical Union and the National Earth Science Teachers Association. To access the presentations and classroom resources, go to
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