February 19, 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
-- SCIENCE VIDEO CONTEST (6-12)
-- STEM IN SPORTS! (K-12)
-- MICROGRAVITY RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY (5-12)
-- WSDOT ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP (11-12)
The Kavli Science In Fiction Video Contest offers an opportunity for students to research the latest in science innovations, create a video 30 to 90 seconds long to share their discoveries, and have the chance to win up to $2,000, meet Bill Nye, and attend the largest science and engineering festival in the world.
Class teams are encouraged. The entry period ends March 21, 2014. The top 10 finalists will be announced the first week in April.
For complete information, go to
NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports! is a monthlong series of free professional development webinars that provide educators with new ways to incorporate sports into various aspects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The series kicks off February 24 with a unit on digestion in space and runs daily through March 20. Registration is required to actively participate with the NASA education specialist.
To view the full schedule, go to
The Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments (CELERE) program enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the International Space Station.
Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design with a provided template. Short experiment proposals are submitted, and test cells are then manufactured by Portland State University. Each experiment is conducted in a drop tower. Video of the drop is provided for student analysis and reporting of results.
Design proposals are now being accepted. The CELERE 2014 experiments will be conducted in three sets, where the remaining submission deadlines are March 1 and April 1.
For more information, visit
The Bridging Futures scholarship program, supported by the Washington State Department of Transportation and the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, asks students to apply their engineering and environmental science ideas to design a bridge for wildlife crossings within the I-90 corridor.
The student that best illustrates and explains their idea will receive a $1,500 scholarship toward college from the Wildlife Bridges Coalition, and a free summer 2014 course at the Cascade Mountain School to experience and learn in the outdoors. The runner-up receives a $500 scholarship.
Applications must be postmarked by May 2. For details, go to
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