January 29, 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
-- SOLAR SYSTEM & BEYOND (5-9)
-- NASA'S EYES SIMULATIONS
-- SPACE MATH PLANETS (5-12)
-- MISSION IMAGINATION (6-12)
SOLAR SYSTEM & BEYOND (5-9)
On February 1, explore an overview of the story behind the creation of the dwarf planet classification and learn about currently identified dwarf planets in our solar system.
Solar System and Beyond: Dwarf Planets is a free one-hour professional development webinar designed to address address the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and ESS1. Participants also will learn about NASA resources available for teaching about dwarf planets.
To register, go to
Other Solar System and Beyond topics for February include black holes, the Kepler Mission's exploration of strange new worlds, and modeling our solar system.
For a full schedule of these and other professional development webinars, go to
NASA'S Eyes are computer simulation software created by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to present realistic simulated views of Earth, planets, spacecraft, and other features within our Solar System and beyond.
Position and orientation of spacecraft and planets represented in the software are based on real NASA data. To get started, go to
SpaceMath@NASA introduces students to the use of mathematics in today's scientific discoveries. In the second half of 2015, the emphasis was the New Horizons mission and exploring dwarf planets.
Each section features a specific science topic and provides quick links to relevant SpaceMath resources that cover the topic through video content, math problems, STEM modules and press releases.
For more information, go to
The mISSion imaginaTIon design competition, developed by NASA and Texas Instruments, gives students an opportunity to develop their STEM skills and imagination as they learn more about the International Space Station, the One-Year Mission and future space exploration.
The competition is a series of four challenges, released beginning in January and ending in April. The winner (individual or team) will receive a personalized chat with a NASA scientist or engineer, a TI calculator for every team member and an assortment of really cool space stuff.
The deadline for submissions is May 2. For more information, go to
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