February 5, 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
-- 2013 AGU-GIFT WORKSHOP RESOURCES (K-12)
-- AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATORS (K-12)
-- ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH CONTEST (9-12)
-- SEND YOUR NAME TO SPACE (K-12)
Presentations and class lessons from the 2013 American Geophysical Union's Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT) workshop are now available online.
Topics include the Next Generation Science Standards, polar science and engineering, climate change, sea level rise and ocean acidification, sea floor sediments, cratering and mass extinctions, and water cycle research.
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Resources from previous years are available at
The 2014 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest, sponsored by NASA Ames Research Center and the National Space Society, challenges sThe Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning in their classrooms.
Applicants must teach full-time in a K-12 public school, hold a current teaching license, and have a minimum of five years of K-12 teaching experience. Awardees receive a commemorative plaque and an award of $2,000 to be used for professional development in environmental education. The awardee’s local education agency also receives an award of $2,000 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.
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The 2014 Thacher Environmental Research Contest, sponsored by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, challenges high school students to show off their science and technology skills by submitting research projects focused on the use of remote sensing and analysis tools.
Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams. Three cash prizes will be presented, with the first place student or team receiving $2,000. In addition, teachers of the winning students will each receive a $200 Amazon gift card. Entry deadline is May 5, 2014.
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NASA invites the general public to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard the Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft, headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016.
The microchip will travel aboard the mission, which will spend more than two years at the asteroid, collecting a sample of Bennu’s surface and returning it to Earth in a sample return capsule. Those who submit their names will be able to download and print a certificate documenting their participation.
For more information and to submit a name, go to
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