September 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
-- BECOME A SOLAR AMBASSADOR (K-12)
-- EARTH SCIENCE WEEK RESOURCES (K-12)
-- TWO-MINUTE GEOLOGY (K-12)
-- FREE COSMOS SCREENINGS
This month NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Solar System Ambassadors Program will be accepting applications from volunteers interested in serving as ambassadors to the public in 2014.
Ambassadors come from diverse backgrounds and professions including, but not limited to, formal and informal education, science, engineering and amateur astronomy. These highly-motivated volunteers undergo special NASA education training and are asked to arrange, conduct and report at least four community-based events per year, or roughly one event every three months.
For more information, visit
From October 13-19, Earth Science Week 2013 will focus on the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies with a theme of “Mapping Our World!”
NASA will be showcasing its Earth science missions, the resulting data, and how the data are used to create maps and visualizations of our home planet. The website is filled with free resources, including poster and blog to update participants on NASA specific events.
For more information, go to
Huge Floods is offering a new series of short geology videos hosted by Central Washington University geology professor Nick Zentner. Topics include the Seattle fault and various features of the ice age floods in Eastern Washington such as coulees, column basalts and the Palouse River falls.
The site also includes more in-depth information on the ice age floods. To watch the videos, go to
Beginning September 12, Our Universe: Seattle will run free screenings of the classic Carl Sagan series COSMOS: A Personal Voyage. The gatherings are a great way to meet other Seattle area space buffs, talk about space science, and get psyched for the release of the Neil deGrasse Tyson reboot, slated for television release in 2014.
Screenings will take place twice a month on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., alternating between the Museum of Flight and the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. Many screenings will feature an informal discussion of the night’s episode led by a local scientist.
To RSVP and learn more about each COSMOS episode, go to
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