Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

July 10,2015

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

-- EXPLORE STRANGE NEW WORLDS & BLUE MARBLE MATCHES (3-12)
-- NASA SUMMER READING (K-12)
-- ROBOTICS COMPETITION & FAMILY FEST (K-12)
-- OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT
-- WSGC NEWSLETTER ON SUMMER SCHEDULE

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EXPLORE STRANGE NEW WORLDS & BLUE MARBLE MATCHES (3-12)

On July 20, tune in and see how scientists and engineers work together to gather and interpret data from satellites exploring the solar system.

Participants in this 60-minute webinar lesson will identify common geologic characteristics to describe planetary features in images, identify geologic features on Earth and other planetary bodies, create a list of criteria to identify these features, list observations and interpretations, and draw conclusions about processes that shape the surface of other planetary bodies.

For more information, go to

https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=133527&

NASA SUMMER READING (K-12)

Summer reading programs encourage continued learning, and numerous studies have shown how effective they are for building life-long learners.

To help educators and students, NASA Wavelength has compiled summer reading lists highlighting some valuable resources for student readers, no matter what their age. Recommendations are sorted by age group.

For more information, visit

http://nasawavelength.org/blog/summer-reading

ROBOTICS COMPETITION & FAMILY FEST (K-12)

There is still time to register for Robo Climb 2015, the fifth annual ISEC Space Elevator Youth Robotics Competition. The competition is part of the Space Elevator Family Science Fest, taking place August 22 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Robo Climb is a competition for middle- and high-school level robotics teams to build/program an autonomous, tether-climbing robot. Prizes will be awarded to the top-performing teams and for innovative robot design. Other family activities that day include hands-on STEM activities, displays and demonstrations.

The deadline to register for the robotics competition is August 8. For complete rules and entry information, visit

http://tinyurl.com/ob4uym5

Additional information on the family fest is available at

http://www.isec.org/sec/index.php/family-science-fest

This event is part of the 2015 ISEC Space Elevator Conference, a 3-day technical conference focusing on the futuristic space transportation system.

OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT

On Sept. 19, 2015, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night.

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. Events are already scheduled in British Columbia and Oregon. More locations will be added in the coming weeks.

For a map of observation events or ideas on how to host your own community event, go to

http://observethemoonnight.org/

WSGC NEWSLETTER ON SUMMER SCHEDULE

The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Newsletter for Teachers is now on its summer schedule.

There will be a single newsletter in June and July. We will resume regular twice-monthly publication in August. For the latest Space Grant news, please visit us on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-NASA-Space-Grant-Consortium/116910748327473

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