June 10, 2015
WSGC Newsletter for Educators
The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium's electronic newsletter for teachers provides curriculum ideas, links and other resources to help you better meet the Washington state's Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) and Next Generation Science Standards.TABLE OF CONTENTS
-- FREE WEATHER STUDIES COURSE (K-12)
-- ASTRONOMY RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY (8-12+)
-- SUMMER NASA WEBINARS (K-12)
-- MARS STUDENT IMAGING TRAINING (5-12)
-- WSGC NEWSLETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE
The DataStreme Project, an American Meteorological Society educational outreach program, is offering a free 12-week weather studies course to K-12 teachers, beginning the week of August 31.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive 4.5 graduate level credits. For those in the Puget Sound region there will be one to two in-person meetings at the National Weather Office in Seattle, with the rest of the work completed at home, with assistance/feedback via email from a course mentor. Space is limited to eight participants.
For more information and registration, contact Dave Weller at
For detailed course information, visit
NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research, helping them incorporate the experience into their classrooms and share their experience with other teachers.
Small groups of teachers partner with a mentor professional astronomer for an original research project. Each team writes up the results of their research and presents it in a science poster session at an American Astronomical Society meeting (the AAS is the professional organization for astronomers in the US). The team also presents the educational results of their experience in the program. The program runs over 13 months and teachers are encouraged to involve their students from the start.
The application deadline is September 21, 2015. While the program has traditionally recruited high school teachers, eighth grade teachers and community college faculty have also participated. For more information, go to
NASA STEM Educator Professional Development will be offering free webinars for educators, pre-service teachers and homeschoolers throughout the summer.
Upcoming topics include physics in art and play for kindergarten through grade 2, astronomy for middle and high school, and more. For the complete summer schedule, visit
This July, the NASA Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) will offer two online workshops for teachers who want to bring the project into their classrooms. MSIP is inquiry-based and student-centered; students create and investigate their own research question about the Martian surface.
Training will take place over three days and participating teachers will earn a total of eight professional development hours. The first session takes place from July 14-16; the second is from July 21-23.
To registar for the first online session, go to
To registar for the second online session , go to
To read the 2013 Science magazine article on the program, visit
WSGC NEWSLETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE
This month the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Newsletter for Teachers begins its summer schedule.
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