October 22, 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
-- SPACE RACER EDUCATOR TOOLKIT (K-2)
-- HUMAN BODY IN SPACE (5-8)
-- IGES WILDERNESS ART CONTEST (2-4)
-- CUBES IN SPACE (5-8)
Space Racers -- a new animated TV series produced in collaboration with NASA experts -- provides young children with exposure to key aspects of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula.
An educator toolkit filled with lesson plans and activities related to the Space Racers episodes is now available. The toolkit is geared to educators of children pre-K up to second grade and includes a CD-ROM and DVD with lesson plans and activities related to various Space Racers episodes.
To request a free toolkit, email your name, address, phone number, school name and grade level to
Requests must be made no later than October 31, 2014. Lesson plans can be previewed and downloaded from
On October 29, NASA Educator Professional Development presents The Human Body: Challenges of Living in Space. The online workshop for formal and informal educators explores the effects of microgravity on the human body and how research on the International Space Station relates to life on Earth. Classroom activities are included.
To see the upcoming catalog of events, visit
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) invites young scientists and artists in grades 2-4 to learn about preserving wilderness by taking a walk in nature and observing it then expressing what they see or feel through art.
The Grand Prize winner will have his or her artwork presented on the IGES holiday card. Entries must be received by IGES no later than November 14, 2014. For complete rules and information, visit
Cubes in Space provides students ages 11-14 with an opportunity to design and compete to launch an experiment into space.
The free program will expose students and educators to engaging online content and activities in preparation for the design and development of an experimental payload to be integrated into a small cube, scheduled to launch either from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in late June 2015 or from Ft. Sumner, New Mexico in September 2015.
The deadline for program registration is January 12, 2015. For more information, go to
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