Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

August 20, 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

-- OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT
-- EARTH SCIENCE WEEK CONTESTS (K-12)
-- PSC TEEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (8-12)
-- CITIES AT NIGHT

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OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT

On September 6, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night.

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor. This year the event comes just days before the third and final supermoon of 2014.

For more event information, go to

http://observethemoonnight.org/

For information on the September 9 supermoon, visit

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/10jul_supermoons/

EARTH SCIENCE WEEK CONTESTS (K-12)

The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring three contests to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. This year's celebration takes place Oct. 12-18, 2014.

The visual arts contest is open to students in grades K-5. The essay contest is open to those in grades 6-9. A photography contest to capture the connection between earth systems and communities is open to all ages.

The deadline for all three contests is October 17, 2014. For complete details, visit

http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/index.html

PSC TEEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (8-12)

The Pacific Science Center is seeking volunteers for its Teen Science Café leadership team. Teenagers age 14 and over are eligible to apply.

The Teen Science Café brings teenagers together with local scientists and researchers to talk about current and cutting-edge ideas in science and technology in a relaxed and informal setting. The cafés are run by teens for teens. Events are held on the second Wednesday of every month beginning in November and ending in May.

The leadership team will help select speaker topics for this school year, market the events, develop activities, and run the events themselves. Applications are due September 15, 2014.

For more information, visit

http://pacificsciencecenter.org/Education/Programs/teencafe

CITIES AT NIGHT

Astronauts have been taking photos from the International Space Station since 2003. Cities at Night is a crowdsourcing project to catalog the space station's nighttime imagery.

These photos are the highest-resolution nighttime pictures available from orbit, but their usefulness is limited because it's not always clear exactly what the pictures are showing. The easiest part of the project asks Internet users to sort the images into pictures of cities, stars and other objects. The most complicated challenge calls for participants to identify cities in wide-angle nighttime pictures.

To learn more about the project and volunteer, go to

http://www.citiesatnight.org/

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