May 20, 2015
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
-- CS4HS WORKSHOP (9-12)
-- ROBOTICS COMPETITION NOW OPEN (8-12)
-- JPL SPACE LECTURES ONLINE
-- 3-D SPACE CONTAINER CHALLENGE (K-12)
The CS4HS workshop is for math and science teachers who have little or no computer science/programming experience and would like to introduce computer science elements into their classrooms.
The workshop will take place July 15-17 on the University of Washington Seattle campus. Among other things, participants will learn the basics of computational problem solving and develop a vocabulary to relate these concepts to their students and their own subject material. The workshop will also broaden the participants' view of computer science and the way it is shaping Washington's communities and people -- and those of the entire world.
Participants may earn 20 clock hours. For more information and registration, go to
Registration is now open for RoboClimb 2015, the fifth annual ISEC Space Elevator Youth Robotics Competition. The event will take place on August 22 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. Prizes will be awarded for the highest scoring robots in each class; there is also a special award for engineering design. There is a maximum of 10 teams in each class.
This event is part of the 2015 ISEC Space Elevator Conference, a three-day technical conference on the futuristic space transportation system. The conference's Family Science Fest takes place on the same day and includes activities for all ages.
The deadline to register is August 8. For complete rules and entry information, visit
The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, named after the founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is available online live and as archived podcasts. The monthly lectures share the excitement of the space program's missions, instruments and other technologies.
On May 21, Dr. Nick Siegler, technology manager of the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program, will speak on the search for planets, habitability and life in our galaxy. Upcoming topics include sea ice research, the 50th anniversary of the first flyby of Mars, the current California drought and changes in sea temperature, and the birth of planets.
To view upcoming lectures live or explore the lecture archives, visit
The 3-D Space Container Challenge is the second in series of Future Engineers Challenges where students in grades K-12 will create and submit a digital 3-D model of a container that they think astronauts could use in space.
Astronauts need containers for everything from advanced containers for studying fruit flies to simple containers for collecting Mars rocks or storing an astronaut’s food. The ability to 3-D print containers in space -- on demand -- will let humans venture farther into space.
The deadline for entries is Aug. 2, 2015. Multiple prizes, based on age groups, are available. For more information, go to
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