July 10, 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
-- ROBOTICS WORKSHOP & INFO SESSION (7-12)
-- STEPS TO STEM: ONLINE COURSE (4-9)
-- ZERO ROBOTICS COMPETITION (9-12)
-- CITIZEN SCIENCE SUMMER APPS
-- E-LETTER & OFFICE SUMMER SCHEDULE
On July 26, there will be a special workshop and information session for those who would like to learn more about the ISEC Space Elevator Youth Robotics Competition in August and for middle and high school students who are registered to compete in the event.
The workshop will take place from 1-4 p.m. at the Redmond Public Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond.
Students should come with questions and, if possible, bring their robots. An arena will be set up for testing purposes and samples of the payload will be on display. David Schilling, the competition designer and tech lead, will be on hand to answer questions.
To participate, RSVP to Carolyn Davids at
The ISEC Space Elevator Youth Robotics Competition will take place on Saturday, August 23 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. For complete rules and entry information, go to
Louisiana Tech University has teamed up with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to offer a 10-week online course for educators interested in putting a space-themed twist on learning.
The course is designed to be a self-paced, online professional development experience focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education resources available from NASA. Applications are due August 30, 2014.
For a course description and enrollment information, visit
Registration is still open for the Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2014. The competition offers high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.
Student teams will write their own algorithms to fly the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. First rounds of competition take place online; finalists will compete in a live championship aboard the International Space Station.
Registration closes on September 5, 2014. Each team must be between 5-20 students. Participants must be enrolled at an accredited high school or homeschooled to a level equivalent to grades 9-12. For more information, visit
Popular Science posted links to five citizen science apps to bring users outside on the long summer days. Projects include light pollution, pollinator tracking, documenting wildlife populations and noise measurements. To learn more, go to
The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Newsletter for Teachers is now on its summer schedule and will publish only a single newsletter in July. We will resume regular twice-monthly publication in August.
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