September 27, 2016
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
-- ECLIPSE OF THE SUN CONFERENCE (4-12)
-- WAS APPLICATIONS OPEN (11)
-- NASA CLIMATE DATA ON YOUR PHONE
-- TRAIN LIKE AN ASTRONAUT (K-12)
ECLIPSE OF THE SUN WORKSHOP (4-12)
Are you and your students ready for the sky event of the decade? On August 21, 2017, North Americans will be treated to the first total eclipse of the Sun visible in the continental U.S. in almost 40 years.
In preparation for this event, NSTA is offering a virtual conference on October 15 to help teachers prepare for this spectacular event. Experiences astronomers and educators will explain where, when, and how to view the 2017 eclipse safely, lead a series of NGSS-aligned hands-on activities for classrooms and informal science settings, and more.
The registration fee include the NSTA e-book of activities: "Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses." For more information and registration, go to
Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is seeking high school juniors who wish to kick start their STEM careers, rocket boost their confidence, and earn college credit.
WAS participants earn college credit by completing online curriculum that focuses on space travel. Through successful completion of the online program, students may earn acceptance into a weeklong summer residency at The Museum of Flight. There they will work with professional mentors to plan a mission to Mars, tour engineering facilities, and compete in hands-on engineering challenges.
Teachers are also encouraged to apply as evaluators and summer residency facilitators. Stipends and clock hours are available.
Applications for students are due November 4, 2016. The deadline for teacher applications is November 18, 2016. For more information, visit
Carry visualizations of recent global climate data in your pocket with NASA's Earth Now: Vital Signs of the Planet application for iPhone and Android.
Earth science satellite data, including surface air temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, and water vapor, is used to create a 3-D model of Earth that can be zoomed and rotated.
For iPhone and iPad, go to
Android users, go to
Join NASA in a variety of exciting physical and hands-on activities to encourage students to "train like an astronaut."
Site includes training videos, hands-on science activities, and a series of physical activities to simulate astronaut training for different aspects of their jobs. Materials are available in both English and Spanish, and also include guides to adapted physical activities.
Activities are suitable for formal and informal educational settings. For more information, visit
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