April 23, 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
-- CHEMISTRY OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEACHERS (K-12)
-- CHAT WITH AN ENGINEER EN ESPAÑOL
-- NASA SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE (12-12+)
-- PUTTING SCIENCE IN SCIENCE FICTION
Know a terrific high school chemistry teacher? Nominations are now open for the American Chemical Society's regional Teacher of the Year.
The local winner will receive $250 and recognition at a special dinner later this year. He or she will also be considered for regional and national recognition. Nominations are due the end of April.
Have a great chemistry teaching idea? The Puget Sound chapter of the American Chemical Society also offers grants and scholarships for up to $1,000 to K-12 teachers. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Awards may be used for supplies and equipment for high school students doing chemistry/science demonstrations at K-9 schools; for selected chemistry journals and books, including safety and waste disposal texts; for K-12 teacher supplies and equipment to develop new chemistry experiments; and for K-12 teachers to attend chemistry courses, symposia or institutes.
To make a nomination or apply for a grant, contact Dr. Clarita Bhat, chair of the chapter's education committee, at
On April 30, NASA invites students and educators to chat with NASA engineer Heriberto Soto in Spanish.
This Digital Learning Network event will be a live interview from NASA's Kennedy Space Center to audiences across the country whose first language is Spanish. The audience will learn about Soto's career path, challenges he faced, projects he has worked on at NASA and the future for students who want to become engineers.
During the chat, questions will be accepted via email and Twitter. For more information, go to
Applications for two different NASA scholarships are now open to those planning to major in science, technology, engineering or math. The deadline for both applications is May 16, 2014.
NASA Scholarships and NASA MUREP Scholarships include up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, plus a $6,000 stipend for a 10-week summer internship at a NASA center in 2015. The MUREP Scholarship focuses on supporting underserved and underrepresented students who will be attending a Minority Serving Institution (MSI). Here in Washington state these schools include Northwest Indian College and Columbia Basin College, among others.
All applications are made through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI). Applicants should be sure to select "scholarship" for the type of application. For more information or to apply, go to
A revised and updated resource guide to science fiction stories with good astronomy and physics is now available via the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The resource includes over 270 stories organized into more than 40 topic categories. For the first time, URLs are also provided for a number of stories freely available online. To access the list, go to
As a complement, Smithsonian this month has an article on the relationship between science and science fiction. To read the article, visit
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