November 20, 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
-- SPANISH IMMERSION STEM WORKSHOP (K-8)
-- NASA WEATHER COMPETITION (7-12+)
-- NATIONAL SPACE CLUB APPLICATIONS OPEN (9-12)
-- MAVEN ACTIVITIES & LESSONS (3-5)
-- WORK WITH WASHINGTON AEROSPACE SCHOLARS (6-12)
The free 2013-2014 NASA STEM Spanish Immersion Professional Development workshop series is designed for educators to discover how to use clouds, climate and weather through NASA’s S’COOL project to engage students in physical and earth sciences.
Participants interested in receiving continuing education units applicable towards license renewal must register and complete the four workshop series to accumulate 5 workshop hours. All sessions will be presented in Spanish.
The section focused on activities and standards for students in grades 4-8 begins November 25, 2013; the next section aimed at K-3 students begins January 8, 2014. Additional sessions are scheduled for 2014.
For more information and to register for a series of workshops, visit
NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission announces the Unique Perspectives photo and video contest. There are many ways to view precipitation. Check out weather from all angles -- far away, up close, above, below and inside -- the more creative and unique, the better.
All entrants must be 13 years old or older. The deadline for submitting photos and videos is December 1, 2013. For more information, go to
Active or retired high school teachers who motivated students towards study and careers in space science and technology are eligible to apply for the 2014 Space Educator Award. This National Space Club award will be presented at the Goddard Memorial Dinner in Washington, DC on March 7, 2014.
The winner will receive a grant for $1,500 as well as travel and accommodation expenses. The application deadline is December 6, 2013.
To be considered, please submit a brief biographical description showing educational and teacher experience, with an emphasis on science teaching both in and out of the classroom (community projects, science fairs, etc.); a short statement (not more than two double-spaced pages) concerning your interest and involvement in science teaching; two to four letters of recommendation from people who know of your work such as schoolboard member, principal, science supervisor, or community leader; finally a letter from a student whom you have helped and advised. Recommenders should send their letters directly to Dr. Kerry Joels, Space Educator Award Chairman, at the the address below.
Application materials should be sent to Dr. Kerry Joels at
The Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! program is a set of six standards-based science lessons including reading, writing, and art activities for grades 3-5, created for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission to Mars.
The Red Planet program encourages students to think both scientifically and creatively about planetary science and habitability. Materials are available in English and Spanish.
To download the lessons and student activity handouts, go to
Certified and pre-certified Washington state math and science teachers are invited to apply as evaluators and facilitators for Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS), a free statewide program for high school juniors. WAS emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math, and encourages students to consider careers in these fields.
The program is divided into two components: an online curriculum and a summer residency. Practicing, certified teachers from across the state are needed to serve as Phase I Online Academic Evaluators and Phase II Summer Residency Facilitators. Stipends and clock hours, as well as all room, board and travel expenses are provided to selected teachers.
The application deadline has been extended to December 1, 2013. For complete information and an application, visit
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