May 20, 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
-- SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES EXTENDED (12-12+)
-- EXPLORATION DESIGN CHALLENGE (K-12)
-- SUMMER NATURE ACTIVITIES (K-12)
-- SCIJINKS ADDS NGSS MARKERS (5-12)
Application deadlines have been extended for two different NASA scholarships aimed at students planning to major in science, technology, engineering or math. The new deadline is June 2, 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
The NASA Exploration Design Challenge invites students around the world to think and act like scientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep space long-duration exploration -- the dangers associated with space radiation.
Through a series of STEM engagement activities, K-8 students will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts. Teams participate in two divisions: K-4 and grades 5-8. Students in grades 9-12 will apply what they learn to design shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation.
The names of all participants (K-12) will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers for Orion’s first flight. The registration deadline for honorary virtual crew is June 30, 2014.
For more information, go to
Owl prowls, Mother Goose story time, and free interactive exhibits are only some of the free or low-cost nature activities available this summer through the Seward Park Audubon Center in Seattle.
A number of the paid programs offer scholarships for parents and children to participate. For more information, go to
Scijinks -- the joint NOAA and NASA educational website about weather and other Earth science topics -- has a new, easy-to-use page that identifies articles that align with the Next Generation Science Standards.
Middle and high school teachers can now search for articles and activities that match the standards’ disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, or cross-cutting concepts. Visit the new page at
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