October 28, 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
-- WSGC SCHOLARSHIPS OPEN (11-12)
-- EINSTEIN EDUCATOR FELLOWSHIP (K-12)
-- TURNING THE RED PLANET GREEN (5-8)
-- TEEN SCIENCE CAFES BEGIN (9-12)
Each year Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium offers scholarships for incoming freshmen who plan to study science, technology, engineering or math at the University of Washington.
These competitive scholarships are based on high school academic achievement, standardized test scores, personal essays, recommendations, and future academic promise. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2014.
To apply, visit
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides qualified science, technology, engineering or math teachers with a chance to spend a school year in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with policy makers at agencies such as the Department of Energy, NASA, or the National Science Foundation.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and employed full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school, or school district. During the Fellowship, each Einstein Fellow receives a $6,000 monthly stipend plus a cost of living allowance, moving/relocation allowance and a professional travel allowance.
The application deadline is December 4, 2013. For complete guidelines, visit
The Pioneering Mars experiment seeks to understand the growth of cyanobacteria in a Mars-like environment. The cyanobacteria would effectively scrub the Martian atmosphere of carbon dioxide and alter the planetary environment to enable photosynthesis to take place.
Each unit addresses a core component of the project and will lead students through the processes of researching and synthesizing information, as well as develop critical thinking skills. Activities embedded in each lesson span academic disciplines and address reading, math and writing, as well as science content.
All activities are tied to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Curriculum standards for grades 5-8. For the full curriculum and activity guide, go to
Next month Pacific Science Center launches its Teen Science Cafés, an opportunity for teens to talk with local scientists and researchers about current and cutting-edge ideas in science and technology, all in a relaxed and informal setting.
The cafés are free to attend, feature free snacks and hands-on activities, and are run by teens for teens in their local community. the first event on Nov. 13 features Greg Brennan of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center talking on "Genetic Warfare: Barriers to Infection & How Viruses Break Through."
For a complete schedule, go to
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