January 22, 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
-- LIFTOFF 2014: LET'S ENGINEER IT! (4-12)
-- SPACE SETTLEMENT CONTEST (4-12)
-- ZERO ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT (9-12)
-- MAVEN AMBASSADORS WANTED (6-12)
LiftOff 2014: Let's Engineer It! is a weeklong professional development training for teachers that incorporates a space science theme supported by NASA missions into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning experiences.
The summer institute will take place from July 7-11 in Houston, Texas. The program features presentations by NASA scientists and engineers; tours of NASA facilities, including Johnson Space Center; hands-on, inquiry-based classroom activities aligned to educational standards; and more.
Out-of-state participants pay a $650 registration fee, plus travel. For more information, go to
The 2014 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest, sponsored by NASA Ames Research Center and the National Space Society, challenges students to design a space settlement for a permanent community in orbit rather than on another planet or moon.
Participants may compete as individuals, small teams (two to five members), and large teams (six or more members). For judging, entries are also grouped by age/grade of the oldest contestant. Submissions must be received by March 1, 2014.
For complete information, go to
Zero Robotics tournaments open the world-class research facilities on the International Space Station (ISS) to high school students. Students write programs at their high schools that may control a satellite in space! The goal is to build critical engineering skills for students, such as problem solving, design thought process, operations training, and team work.
Registration for the 2014 high school tournament is now open, with the competition season beginning in September. Team members must be registered at an accredited U.S. high school or homeschooled to an equivalent level. Multiple high schools may form a single team as a "district." Each team must be between five to 20 students.
For complete guidelines, visit
To watch the 2013 Zero Robotics Finals aboard the ISS earlier this month, go to
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission, set to arrive at the Red Planet in September, will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars' atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.
NASA is offering a weeklong, summer workshop for middle and high school teachers interested in participating in the MAVEN Educator Ambassador program. Participants will receive training on a variety of standards-based classroom activities, plus follow-up support for several years.
The 2014 training session takes place July 14-18 at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. Participants receive a travel stipend and a second stipend after conducting a local workshop. Free housing and meals will be provided. Applications are due March 7.
For more details, go to
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