August 6, 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
-- PSC SCIENCE CAFÉ FOR TEENS (8-12)
-- RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS (8-12+)
-- FREE WEBINARS ON SPACE SCIENCES (K-12)
-- NEW ASTRONOMY RESOURCE GUIDE (11-12+)
For the past few years, Pacific Science Center has been holding monthly Science Cafés in pubs and cafes around Puget Sound, bringing the public and scientists together to talk in informal settings.
This fall PSC plans to launch a Teen Science Café program. They are looking for feedback from local teens. As part of the project, PSC is asking area teens -- and ONLY teens — to participate in a survey on what topics interest them, venues that would work best for them and best dates. To take part in the survey, go to
To watch videos of past Science Cafés and learn more about the program, visit
Applications are now open for NITARP, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program, which gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research.
Small groups of educators are partnered with a mentor professional astronomer for an original research project. The educators incorporate the experience into their classrooms and share their experience with other teachers. Each team also writes up the results of their research and presents it in a science poster session at an American Astronomical Society meeting (the AAS is the professional organization for astronomers in the US).
The deadline for applications is September 23. The program runs January through January. For more information, visit
This month the Aerospace Education Services Project will present 18 free webinars on space and space-related topics.
Topics include physics, astronomy, engineering and climate change. This week's webinars focus on NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system; ways to integrate NASA resources into existing science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography curriculum; and sun-Earth classroom activities, including one that uses current sun data to track sun spots.
For a complete schedule, see
A new annotated guide to resources for teaching about planets orbiting other stars is now available for high-school and college instructors, their students, informal educators, and astronomy enthusiasts.
The free guide is a collaboration between the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and the NASA Astrophysics Education and Outreach Forum. Materials include video and audio files of lectures and interviews with leading scientists in the field, phone and tablet apps, a citizen-science web site, popular-level books and articles.
To download Exoplanets Resource Guide for Astro 101 Instructors and other astronomy resource guides, go to
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