June 4, 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 (K-12)
-- NASA MINI-GRANTS (6-9)
-- EARTH SCIENCE RESOURCES WEBINAR (8-12)
-- TORNADO SCIENCE RESOURCES
-- MAP OF THE MONTH
-- E-LETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE
The Seattle Science Festival begins on June 6 and continues throughout the Puget Sound region for 10 days. On June 8, a free Science EXPO Day will showcase hands-on activities and special stage programs throughout the grounds of the Seattle Center.
This 11-day celebration of science and technology offers a variety of regional events including lectures, star parties, watershed and laboratory tours, plus more. For a complete calendar of events, go to
Until June 10, NASA is accepting proposals for the 2013 Summer of Innovation Mini-Grants. The $2,500 awards will enable local groups to infuse science, technology, engineering and mathematics content and activities into existing summer and/or afterschool programs for middle school students.
Awardees will be notified beginning on June 17. All activities must be completed no later than December 16, 2013. Last year 170 mini-grants were awarded in 46 states, including four in Washington state.
For eligibility, timeline and application information, please see
On June 12, WGBH's NOVA and the MY NASA DATA team will present a webinar on new Earth system science resources for middle and high school educators. This collection of free, standards-based media resources highlights important concepts in Earth system science using video from new NOVA Programs.
To sign up and participate, visit
Windows on the Universe offers an extensive guide to tornadoes in English and Spanish. It includes information on when and where they are most likely to occur, and the conditions that lead to the formation of tornadoes, as well as information on how tornadoes occur in elsewhere, including Europe, Asia, and Australia.
For more information, visit
The Earth Institute State of the Planet blog produces a new map each month, filled with interesting data and including an in-depth article explaining what is being shown on the map. To access this teaching resource, go to
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