December 10, 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
-- CLIMATE TEACHING RESOURCES (6-16)
-- WRIGHT BROTHERS WEBCAST (6-8)
-- AIRBORNE ASTRONOMY AMBASSADORS (6-12)
-- NASA SPINOFF VIDEO CONTEST (3-12)
The CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) portal offers teachers more than 600 digital resources for teaching about climate science, climate change, and energy awareness.
The resources have been reviewed for their science and pedagogical content by a team of scientists and educators. Each resource item includes comments from the reviewers offering teaching tips, links to complementary materials, and technical details.
To access the materials, go to
On December 17, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will present "Kites to Flight: Inventing with the Wright Brothers", a fast-paced webcast that uses the Wright Flyer to explore the concepts of flight and introduce students to the process of innovation.
The presentation is part of the STEM in 30 series. The series consists of live, fast-paced 30-minute webcasts designed to increase interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, for students.
For more information, visit
SOFIA -- NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy -- is now accepting applications for its Airborne Astronomy Ambassador (AAA) Program. Participants will work side-by-side with NASA scientists, flying on overnight missions, at altitudes of up to 45,000 feet, in order to capture data utilizing the 2.5 meter-diameter telescope on board.
The two-member educator teams must include at least one full-time middle or high school science teacher; the other team member may be a teacher, informal educator or amateur astronomer. Applications are due December 22, 2014.
For more information, go to
The Optimus Prime Spinoff Award Contest (named for the popular leader of the Transformers) is designed to raise students' awareness of technology transfer efforts and how NASA technologies contribute to our everyday lives.
Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth such as memory foam, invisible braces and scratch-resistant lenses for eyeglasses. This year there are two challenges, one for students in grades 3-12 and another for students in grades 6-12. Engineering college mentors will select 20 teams from the second challenge to continue the collaborative design process within a multiuser virtual world, building a 3-D model of the team′s design solutions.
Winning students from each grade category will be invited to Goddard to participate in a behind-the-scenes workshop, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime.
The deadline to register and upload videos is January 12, 2015. For more information, visit
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