April 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
-- NASA CLIMATE WORKSHOP (5-9)
-- TAKE PICTURES FROM SPACE (5-8)
-- PATSY COLLINS AWARD OPEN (K-12)
-- ROCKETS TO RACECARS WORKSHOP (K-12)
-- SPACE FOOD AND TILES AVAILABLE
In April, the NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE) workshop is a four-part series that will increase participants’ understanding of complex climate content. Topics include understanding the greenhouse effect, temperature changes, and changes in plant, bug and bird phenology.
This four-part workshop features climate literacy content and classroom resources from NASA and NICE Earth Systems Scientists. While open to all K-12 STEM teachers, the content will be geared toward the 5-9 grade band. The first session is April 9. For more information, see
Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Mission from April 23-26, 2013.
Sponsored by NASA, EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students) is an educational outreach program allowing middle school students to take pictures of our Earth from a digital camera on board the International Space Station.
For more information and registration, visit
SNominations are now open for the Patsy Collins Award in Education, Environment and Community. The $5,000 award celebrates educators who extend learning beyond the classroom and inspire their students through projects that relate to environmental and community stewardship.
Candidates must be a Washington classroom teacher in a public or private school. The finalists will be contacted by the nominating committee and asked to submit a description of the ways in which they embody in their teaching the desired qualifications.
The deadline to submit a nomination is June 3, 2013. For more information, go to
The Rockets to Racecars (R2R) online workshop will help teachers engage students in real-world mathematics and incorporate standards-based hands-on activities that utilize excitement of racing and space travel to generate enthusiasm for science concepts. The free four-day workshop series takes place on April 23, April 25, April 29 and May 1, 2013. Participants who register and complete all four workshops are eligible to receive five workshop hours towards continuing education units. For more information, go to
NASA is once again accepting requests for space shuttle thermal protective tiles from schools. A limited number of packaged meals (~150) astronauts eat in space are also currently available for schools' educational use (not for consumption) on a first-come, first serve basis.
There is no charge for the Shuttle Tiles and Space Food Kits . However, the recipient is responsible for the shipping and handling fee of $23.40 for Shuttle Tiles and $28.03 for the Space Food Kits. For more information, go to
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