June 15, 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
-- SUMMER ROBOTICS COMPETITION (6-12)
-- ANALYZE ASTRONAUT RADIATION EXPOSURE (9-12)
-- JPL SPACE LECTURES ONLINE
-- WSGC NEWSLETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE
SUMMER ROBOTICS COMPETITION (6-12)
Registration is now open for Robo Climb 2016, the sixth annual ISEC Space Elevator Youth Robotics Competition. The competition is part of the Space Elevator Family Science Fest, taking place August 20 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 and a cargo delivery system. 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 6. For complete rules and entry information, visit
Radiation is one of the top concerns for humans living in deep space for long durations. NASA is using radiation detectors the size of USB thumb drives to collect data inside the International Space Station.
Now, NASA is sharing the data with high school students who are helping to analyze the radiation that European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake is exposed to during his time aboard the International Space Station. For information on how to participate, visit the Institute for Research in Schools and go to the TimPix project at
The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, named after the founder of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is available online live and as archived podcasts. The monthly lectures share the excitement of the space program's missions, instruments and other technologies.
On June 16 and 17, a panel of JPL experts will discuss the El Nino winter, California water and what we see from space. JPL observes many aspects of water on the Earth using cutting edge sensors on satellites and airplanes that include new insights into the Sierra snowpack and groundwater. These observations may help to improve our understanding of the impacts of El Niño and La Niña on water resources critical to California.
Previous topics include sea ice research, the Europa Mission, CubeSats, and 10 years of Mars exploration. To view upcoming lectures live or explore the lecture archives, visit
This month the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Newsletter for Teachers begins its summer schedule.
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