Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

November 18, 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

-- APPLY FOR AN AIL ROBOTICS GRANT (3-12)
-- ENGINEERGIRL ESSAY CONTEST (3-12)
-- NASA ROVER CHALLENGE (9-12)
-- INTRO TO ENGINEERING WORKSHOP (K-8)

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APPLY FOR AN AIL ROBOTICS GRANT (3-12)

Teachers and youth program leaders who want to incorporate robotics into their curriculum or afterschool program are urged to apply for an AIL STEM Grant.

Awardees will receive an AIL Complete Robotics Kit valued at $1,650. The kit includes three robots, a gaming controller and a wireless headset. Online applications are due November 23.

For more information, go to

http://ailtq.com/stem-grants/

ENGINEERGIRL ESSAY CONTEST (3-12)

The National Academy of Engineering invites students (both boys and girls) to write an essay about how engineering has influenced a favorite sport.

The annual EngineerGirl competition is divided into the categories by grade level: 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100 are offered for the best essays in each category. The deadline to enter is March 1, 2015.

For more information, go to

http://www.engineergirl.org/GetThere/Contest/2015contest.aspx

NASA ROVER CHALLENGE (9-12)

Team registration is now open for the 2015 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge to be held April 16-18, 2015, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Each student team of six members is responsible for building their own rover. The rovers will be human-powered and carry two students, one female and one male, over a half-mile obstacle course of simulated extraterrestrial terrain of craters, boulders, ridges, inclines, crevasses and depressions.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three winning teams in both the high school division and college/university division. Additional awards will be made by various sponsors. Registration closes February 6, 2015.

For more information, go to

http://www.nasa.gov/roverchallenge/home/index.html#.VGuwDFfF-FC

INTRO TO ENGINEERING WORKSHOP (K-8)

From January 5-9, formal and informal educators are invited to take part in a free NASA's Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) professional development workshop at Northwest Indian College in Bellingham.

The weeklong workshop will provide an introduction to engineering through robotics. Participants will design, assemble and command a simple mobile robot. Through the process, they will receive the training and resources needed to integrate hands-on engineering into the classroom or afterschool learning environment.

Registration is limited. For more information, contact Michelle Graf at

shellygraf@gmail.com

To learn more about NASA's BEST activity guides and professional development programs, go to

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/best/

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