Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

March 13, 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

-- CELEBRATE SOLAR WEEK (5-9)
-- KEPLER ART CONTEST (8-12+)
-- BOOMERANG DESIGN CHALLENGE (9-12)
-- GREEN APPLE AWARDS OPEN (K-12)

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CELEBRATE SOLAR WEEK (5-9)

From March 17-21, celebrate Solar Week with five days of online activities, games and lesson plans focused on our sun. Students will learn about solar eclipses, sunspots, solar flares, and solar storms through the activities provided.

Solar Week is ideal for students studying the solar system, the stars, or astronomy in general. Also included is a day on solar energy and a glimpse into the world of scientists, offering students information on science careers.

For complete information, visit

http://www.solarweek.org/cms/

KEPLER ART CONTEST (8-12+)

Break out the art supplies and help mark the fifth anniversary of NASA's Kepler mission, launched in 2009. The Kepler Art of Discovery contest is open to all artists ages 13 and up.

The art should relate to the hundreds of newly discovered exoplanets or other aspects of the mission. All submitted artwork will be acknowledged. The top 100 pieces will be displayed on the Gallery of the Art of Discovery website.

Participants need to register by May 5. Submissions are due May 12. For more information, go to

http://keplerart.seti.org/

BOOMERANG DESIGN CHALLENGE (9-12)

Due to popular demand, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association will again host Engineering Design/Forces and Motion: The Great Boomerang Challenge on May 1.

This 90-minute "webinar" introduces high school educators to The Great Boomerang Challenge and teaches them how to use it to address the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

For more information, including a list of standards being addressed, go to

http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES4/webseminar17.aspx

GREEN APPLE AWARDS OPEN (K-12)

E3 Washington seeks to recognize formal and informal educators whose work exemplifies the organization's green goals of education and sustainability.

Nominations are due April 17 and awards will be announced at the end of May. For more information, visit

http://www.e3washington.org/showcase/item.html?id=187

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