June 5, 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
-- ROBOTICS COMPETITION NOW OPEN (8-12)
-- SUMMER MENTORING PROJECT (5-8)
-- ASTRONOMY: UNHEARD VOICES (11-12+)
-- 3, 2, 1, BLAST-OFF! WORKSHOP (6-12)
-- SPACE SCIENCE WEBINARS
-- E-LETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE
Registration is now open for RoboClimb 2014, the fourth annual ISEC Space Elevator Youth Robotics Competition. The event will take place August 23 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Middle and high school students are challenged to design, build and program autonomous robots that simulate carrying satellites into orbit. Robots will have five minutes to climb a 22-foot tether carrying as many 'satellites' as possible, leaving them at the top and returning to base.
This event is part of the 2014 ISEC Space Elevator Conference, a 3-day technical conference focusing on the futuristic space transportation system. The annual Family Science Fest will also take place on the day of the competition and includes other science, technology and robotics-related activities for all ages.
The registration deadline for RoboClimb 2014 is August 9. For more information, go to
NASA Girls and Boys offers middle school students five weeks of one-on-one virtual summer mentoring with NASA astronauts, engineers, scientists and others. Participants will explore STEM careers and complete online lessons with their mentors while virtually connected through Skype or Google Chat.
Applications are due June 22. For more information, go to
Unheard Voices is a set of resource guides about the astronomy of many cultures and the contributions of women to astronomy.
The two new resource guides are specially designed for instructors and students in introductory college science courses but can be utilized in advanced high school courses. The guides feature useful tools such as written, on-line, and audio-visual materials.
To download the guides, go to
On August 9, learn how to take the thrills of hands-on rocketry into the classroom through a professional development workshop at the Museum of Flight.
In addition to learning the history of model rocketry, each participant will build a basic model rocket kit and learn how to successfully lead a class in a model rocket build and launch. Participants will then fly the rockets and learn how to collect data to use in STEM lessons. Other activities include samples of STEM lessons that use model rockets and how to begin a model rocketry program at their school.
Washington state clock hours available at no charge. The workshop is free but pre-registration is required, For more information, visit
This summer NESTA and Windows to the Universe are offering a series of summer webinars on space science-related topics and the Next Generation Science Standards.
The first session will air on Tuesday, June 10, from 7-8 p.m. EDT. For information on registration and upcoming topics, go to
This month the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Newsletter for Teachers begins its summer schedule.
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