April 24, 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
-- NASA ROCKETS 2 RACECARS WEBINAR (3-9)
-- NASTAR TEACHER DEVELOPMENT (K-12)
-- SPACE SCIENCE & NGSS WORKSHOP (5-12)
-- ROCK AROUND THE WORLD (K-12)
On April 27, NASA Educator Professional Development will present the first in a three-part series of free webinars based on its Rockets 2 Racecars curriculum. The first session at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) will address the science of racing, forces of flight and motion through hands-on activities aligned with national and state standards.
A second session on April 29 will look at correlations between stock car drivers and astronauts.Topics include muscle strength and endurance, reaction time, and effects to the brain when exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide. The third session on May 4 looks at solar energy in action.
Sessions are open to formal and informal educators, as well as home school educators. To register for the first session, go to
To register for additional sessions and learn about other NASA webinars for educators, visit
More information about Rockets 2 Racecars is available at
Traveling on the East Coast this summer? The National AeroSpace Training and Research, or NASTAR, Center is hosting a series of teacher professional development programs throughout the month of July.
Participants will have a chance to experience acceleration in a centrifuge, pilot an airplane simulator, or explore the gas laws in an altitude chamber. Each one-day workshop is worth eight hours of continuing education.
Workshops are offered free to teachers. For dates and additional information, go to
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific will offer their Summer Astronomy Institute: Space Science and the NGSS from August 3-6 in San Francisco.
The four-day workshop will cover classroom tested, inquiry-rich activities designed to help students learn the processes of science through the study of space science with explicit alignment to the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards and connections to literacy and the Common Core. Two units of academic credit available through The University of the Pacific. Participants will receive "The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0" DVD and a class set of 10 Galileoscopes.
A limited number of $300 scholarships are available to classroom teachers. Teachers from Title 1 schools and/or those with a high percentage of underrepresented students in their classroom will be given priority.
For more information, visit
Mars scientists are asking students from around the world to help them understand the red planet.
Send in a rock collected by you or your classroom from your region of the world, and the scientists will use a special tool like the one on the rover to tell you what it's made of. To learn more, go to
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