May 12, 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
-- TEEN SUMMER SCIENCE EXPEDITION (9-12)
-- SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION PRE-SERVICE TEACHER INSTITUTE
-- BUILD YOUR OWN SOLAR SYSTEM (5+)
-- EXPLORATION OF THE MOON AND ASTEROIDS (9-12)
The Pacific Science Center's new Global Citizens, Local Science experience for grades 9-12 will take place August 4-8 and will include an overnight camping expedition to Mt. Rainier where students will help a scientist gather data for an environmental research project
Students will learn about local science and data gathering techniques at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue the first three days, then depart on Thursday morning for the overnight trip to Mt. Rainier.For more information, go to
A free workshop, June 23-27, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, TX, is for future middle school science teachers and the educators who mentor them.
The workshop incorporates the Nature of Science through solar system content and activities. Limited stipends are available and participants will receive a certificate for professional development hours.
The application deadline is June 2. For more information, go to
Creating a scale model of the solar system with your students is a great way for them to experience the vastness of the solar system and the relative sizes and locations of planets and other solar system objects.
NASA Education provides a range of classroom-tested activities and resources for students in grades 5 and above. Some of the activities will work in a classroom and for others you will need to go outside and use a sports field or a quiet street.
More information and links to both formal and informal education activities may be found at
The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration is looking for 10 teams of motivated high school students and their teachers to participate in a two-semester, national standards-based lunar/asteroid research program for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Working alongside their teachers and a scientist mentor, students undertake an authentic, open-inquiry research project that engages them in the process of science. Communication with mentors may be done in person, via e-mail, phone calls, and/or free videoconferencing. The top four teams will compete for a chance to present their work at the Exploration Science Forum held at NASA Ames Research Center in July 2015.
For more information, go to
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