April 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
-- NASA LEARN PROJECT (6-12)
-- MARS EDUCATOR SYMPOSIUM (5-12+)
-- FOUR GLOBE OPPORTUNITIES (K-12)
-- PUBLIC ASTROBIOLOGY LECTURES
The Long-term Engagement in Authentic Research at NASA Project (LEARN) is seeking educators to participate in onsite research and training opportunities with NASA scientists in the summer and guided research projects that continue throughout the school year.
Participants will complete two weeks of onsite work at NASA's Langley Research Center, beginning July 7. Teachers will receive approximately 70 hours of professional development. Onsite work will be followed by continued research through 2015 via virtual team meetings and data presentations. A stipend is offered for participants, and educators may present proposals for travel funding to present their research at regional conferences.
Applications are due April 21, 2014. For more information, go to
On June 16-20, join Mars Rover scientists as they lead a five-day interdisciplinary, immersive educator field experience to explore areas on Earth similar to environments on Mars. Learn how biology, geology and chemistry are essential to this fascinating search for life elsewhere.
The symposium will take place at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Arizona State University, lodging and meals. Transportation between campus and the field trip sites will be provided. Some hiking will be required to participate in this field experience.
Participants will receive a certificate with a minimum of 45 professional development hours. Applications are due April 15, 2014.
For more information, visit
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program's field campaigns are regional and worldwide projects that provide students with hands-on opportunities to explore and learn about Earth through a network of students, teachers and scientists. Four opportunities to participate in GLOBE campaigns related to NASA missions are now available.
The NASA missions are CloudSat, CALIPSO, Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) and Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission (SMAP). GLOBE provides training and professional development for all teacher participants. For more information, go to
Entries must be submitted by May 5, 2014, For more information, go to
Curious about the potential for life elsewhere in the universe? The NASA Astrobiology Institute and University of Washington Astrobiology are offering a pair of free, public lectures exploring that topic. Both will take place at 7 p.m. in Kane Hall on the UW Seattle campus.
On April 16, planetary scientist Jonathan Fortney will discuss a variety of recent estimates from NASA's Kepler mission that point to tens of billions of Earth-sized planets in our Milky Way, and the fraction of these planets that may be temperate enough to support life. For more information, visit
On May 22, Steven Benner (director of the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution and the Westheimer Institute of Science and Technology) will speak on finding alien life here, on Mars and throughout the cosmos. For more information, visit
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