January 8, 2014
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
-- WOMEN FLY 2014 (7-12)
-- FREE WEATHER STUDIES COURSE (K-12)
-- REEL SCIENCE COMMUNICATION CONTEST (9-12)
-- ASTEROID FACT OR FICTION?
On February 28, the Museum of Flight will host Women Fly! for girls in middle and high school interested in aviation and aerospace careers.
This annual event offers a day of motivational and career-oriented activities while meeting and learning from exceptional women working as airport operators, pilots, air traffic controllers and engineers in all disciplines.
The event takes place from 8:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m. For registration information, go to
The DataStreme Project, an American Meteorological Society educational outreach program, is offering a free 12-week weather studies course to K-12 teachers, beginning the week of January 27.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive 4.5 graduate level credits. Two meetings are scheduled at the National Weather Office in Seattle, with the rest of the work completed at home, with assistance/feedback via email from a course mentor. Space is limited to eight participants.
For more information, visit
NASA is kicking off its second annual REEL science video contest, inviting high school students to produce a two-minute video for middle school students communicating one of three Earth science concepts.
The winning videos will be posted on the NASA website. Winners will also have the opportunity to be a NASA producer working with scientists and communication experts to produce an Earth science feature video.
Deadline to enter is February 21. For more information, go to
What is an asteroid? When we hear about them in the news, how much is science fact and how much is science fiction?
The team from the OSIRIS-REx mission has created a stop-action film to illustrate the difference. To watch the film, go to
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will travel to a near-Earth carbonaceous asteroid (101955) Bennu, study it in detail, and bring back a sample.
To learn more about the mission and Target Asteroids, a long-term citizen science project that will contribute to basic scientific understanding of near-Earth objects (NEOs), visit
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