May 21, 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
-- ROBOTICS COMPETITION OPEN (8-12)
-- NEW SPACE MATH GUIDES (3-8)
-- NOAA OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
-- WORLD OCEANS DAY RESOURCES (K-12)
-- ASTRONOMY LECTURES ON YOUTUBE
Registration is now open for the third annual ISEC Space Elevator Youth Robotics Competition. The challenge will take place on August 24 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Middle and high school students are challenged to design, build and program an autonomous robot capable of climbing a 22-foot tether, performing a specified task and then returning to base. The event is part of the 2013 ISEC Space Elevator Conference, a 3-day technical conference focusing on the futuristic space transportation system.
For complete rules and entry information, visit
SpaceMath@NASA has released four new math guides for upper elementary and middle school students.
Exploring the Lunar Surface (Grades 3-5) tackles problems on basic scale and proportion. Exploring Planetary Moons (Grades 3-6) includes work with proportional relationships, fractions, and temperature changes. Exploring Stars in the Milky Way (Grades 6-8) focuses on basic counting, tallying, and grouping techniques, as well as working with simple proportions. Exploring the Milky Way (Grades 6-8) introduces students to mapping the shapes of the Milky Way, and how to identify different kinds of galaxies in our universe.
SpaceMath@NASA introduces students to the use of mathematics in today's scientific discoveries. For more information, go to
To download the four guides directly, see below
Exploring the Lunar Surface (Grades 3-5)
Exploring Planetary Moons (Grades 3-6)
Exploring Stars in the Milky Way (Grades 6-8)
Exploring the Milky Way (Grades 6-8)
On June 14, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration in Seattle will open its doors to the public for tours, interactive exhibits, films and more.
Pre-registration is encouraged. Visitors will be able to book reservations for tours that start on the hour; all other tours are first-come, first-served. For more information, go to
The NOAA open house is part of the 2013 Seattle Science Festival. For more festival events and activities, visit
On June 8, World Oceans Day will celebrates our world's oceans and our personal connection to the sea. The Seattle Aquarium will be hosting related events all weekend.
A calendar of local events along with posters and Dr. Seuss-themed educational materials are available at
A diverse set of ocean-related pages and activities for elementary students is available at
The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures, featuring noted scientists presenting non-technical illustrated lectures on recent developments in astronomy, are now available on their own YouTube channel.
The lectures, co-sponsored by NASA’s Ames Research Center, SETI Institute, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, cover a wide range of topics. More are added as they become available. To watch the lectures, visit
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