March 26, 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
-- SCIENCE FESTIVAL AMBASSADORS (K-12)
-- THE CHALLENGE OF DISCOVERY (4-12)
-- AIRBORNE ASTRONOMY AMBASSADORS (6-12)
-- SCIENCE EDUCATION 'HANGOUT'
The Seattle Science Festival is on the hunt for science champions in schools, after school programs and community centers who would like to serve as science festival ambassadors.
Ambassadors receive access to curriculum resources and science activities, advance notice of Seattle Science Festival events, science goodies for their students and more. Teachers, administrators, PTA members, after school program providers and community center professionals are all eligible to participate.
Anyone who becomes a science festival ambassador by April will be entered to win two general admission tickets to both the Opening Night event at the Paramount Theatre and the Closing Night event at Seattle Repertory Theatre. For more information, go to
NASA's Digital Learning Network webinar, The Challenge of Discovery, delves into the stories behind some amazing NASA missions, from conception to science results.
The webinar will take place April 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (PT). For more information, including a list of participating scientists and engineers, go to
SOFIA -- NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy -- is now accepting applications for its Airborne Astronomy Ambassador (AAA) Program. Participants will work side-by-side with NASA scientists, flying on overnight missions, at altitudes of up to 45,000 feet, in order to capture data utilizing the 2.5 meter-diameter telescope on board.
The two-member educator teams must include at least one full-time middle or high school science teacher; the second team member may be a classroom teacher (any grade level), community college instructor, informal educator or amateur astronomer with an extensive outreach history. The application deadline is May 3, 2013.
For more information, go to
CosmoQuest is hosting topical "hangout" discussions on science topics and science education. The hangouts are broadcast live on YouTube and on Google+, as well as archived for later viewing. The discussions pull together scientists, authors, students, programmers and educators.
Learning Space, the weekly show about educational topics, airs on Wednesdays. Other discussions cover astronomy, planetary science and a virtual star party. Previous shows have covered hands-on demonstrations, the Galileoscope project, and children’s literature. To explore the archive, go to
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