December 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
-- EDUCATOR BETA TESTERS NEEDED (5-8)
-- COSMIC TIMES 2019 (7-12)
-- NASA ROVER CHALLENGE (9-12+)
-- S.T.E.A.M. POWER WORKSHOPS (K-12)
CosmoQuest is looking for beta-testers for In-VESTA-Gate, a middle school unit on planetary systems, asteroids, meteors, and more. The unit aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and goes along with the CosmoQuest citizen science project, Asteroid Mappers.
Educators will look over the unit and provide feedback about the whole unit. To download the lesson plans and participate, go to
The Cosmic Times team invites teachers to contribute their students’ vision of the 2019 edition of the Cosmic Times and possibly see their work included in an online student gallery.
Cosmic Times is a suite of curriculum support materials that traces our understanding of the changing universe from the first confirmation of Einstein’s General Relativity in 1919 through the discovery and follow-up evidence of dark energy in 2006. The story is told using a series of posters each resembling a front-page newspaper from a particular era, with readings for students and supporting lessons for teachers.
In the Cosmic Times 2019 lesson plan, students write a 100th anniversary edition of Cosmic Times, using media ranging from paper to pixels. For more information and instructions on how to participate, visit
Registration for the new NASA Rover Challenge (formerly NASA Great Moonbuggy Race) is now open to high school and university students. The challenge will focus on designing, constructing and testing technologies for mobility devices to perform in future space exploration missions.
Each rover must be the work of a student team. The competition will be held April 10-12, 2014, at the U. S. Space & Rocket Center. For more information, go to
This coming February enjoy a full day of S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) activities hosted by the EMP Museum, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, and Pacific Science Center.
Educators will be able to take part in their choice of two skill-based workshops at these three Seattle Center area venues, get inspired with a stimulating keynote speech followed by lunch, and enjoy delicious food and drink throughout the day.
To view the schedule and register, go to
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