April 24, 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
-- PRECIPITATION ANIMATION (6-12+)
-- ASP 2013: ENSURING STEM LITERACY (3-12)
-- NASA CLIMATE KIDS (K-12)
During the Seattle Science Festival, Signature Programs will take place all around the Puget Sound area. Many are free although reservations are required.
In addition to the all-day Science Expo on the Seattle Center grounds June 8, there will be tours of Taylor Hatchery and the Cedar River watershed, a Microsoft game design workshop for youth, and more. Additional events will be added in the weeks to come. For more information, go to the Seattle Science Festival calendar at
NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are holding a design challenge for people around the world to develop an anime character for Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), the international satellite mission to provide next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours.
The contest deadline is April 30. Participants should learn about the GPM mission and design their characters to represent the mission's objectives. Entries will be judged in three age groups: middle school, high school and post-high school. For complete rules, go to
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific annual meeting will focus on STEM literacy, and across multiple disciplines from Earth science to space science, from physics to astrobiology. More than 200 specialists across the science spectrum will explore best practices, research findings, trends, and professional development opportunities.
The event takes place July 20-24 at San Jose State University. Galileo Looks Beyond to Other Worlds, a two-day professional development workshop for teachers of grades 3-12, will be offered July 20-21. The workshop, part of the Galileo Teacher Training Program, may be taken independently.
Early registration ends May 15. For more information, visit
NASA Climate Kids offers a wide range of lessons and hands-on activities related to weather, fresh water, energy and other climate topics.
The new "seed paper" activity, for example, offers instructions on how to create recycled paper greeting cards embedded with seeds, for a blooming spring gift. For this and more ideas, see
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