August 27, 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
-- EXPLORE MARS! WORKSHOP 9/21 (5-12)
-- ALAN SHEPARD AWARD APPLICATIONS OPEN (K-12)
-- LAST MONTH FOR FREE AESP WEBINARS (K-12)
-- WHAT WOULD YOU SEND TO THE ISS?
On September 21, the Museum of Flight will offer a daylong professional development workshop on how to bring the study of Mars into the classroom and enhance STEM curricula with the excitement of space exploration.
Explore Mars! Bringing the Red Planet into the Classroom will include presentations from NASA, University of Washington and Aerojet/Rocketdyne. Participants will experience their own Mars mission through hands-on activities in a Challenger Learning Center (CLC) program, a simulated space mission for kids. Attendees will receive a CLC field trip credit, qualifying them for a discount off the program fee for three years.
A limited number of $50 stipends are available and seven Washington State Clock Hours are offered at no charge. Pre-registration is required. The deadline to register is September 18. For more information, visit
Do you know K-12 teachers or district-level administrators who are making a difference in lifelong learning through the application of technology in the classroom or in the professional development of teachers?
The Space Foundation, in partnership with the Astronauts Memorial Foundation and NASA, annually presents the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award to recognize outstanding contributions by K-12 educators and district level personnel in the field of educational technology. School principals, superintendents or associate superintendents may nominate eligible candidates.
Submissions for the 2014 award must be mailed and postmarked no later than Feb. 3, 2014. The winner will be announced in March 2014. For application information, go to
Enjoy one more full month of free space science-related webinars from the Aerospace Education Services Project on topics including astronomy, meteorology, physics, engineering and climate change.
The webinars utilize NASA education materials and are open to all educators. There is no software to download and no special equipment is required to interact. Just go to the online meeting room and sign in as a guest. Certificates of completion are available to participants.
For a complete schedule of events and more information, go to
The four-week contest, What Would You Send to the ISS?, asks the general public to submit innovative ideas to utilize the International Space Station National Laboratory for scientific research and technology development that will improve life on Earth.
A total of five submissions will receive awards for their ideas. The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000, a paid trip to Florida, a one-day pass to Disney World, an opportunity to witness a CASIS payloads launch from Florida’s Space Coast as an invited VIP, and the ability to work with CASIS staff to further discuss the winning proposal. Four runners-up will receive $5,000 each as a prize.
The contest is sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization that manages research onboard the International Space Station. The contest runs through September 16, 2013. For more information, go to
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