Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

August 6, 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

-- ONLINE ASTRONOMY/SPACE SCIENCE WORKSHOPS (5-12)
-- FAMILY SCIENCE FEST 8/23
-- SEND YOUR NAME TO THE ASTEROID BENNU
-- RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS (8-12+)

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ONLINE ASTRONOMY/SPACE SCIENCE WORKSHOPS (5-12)

On July 26, there will be a special workshop and information session for those who would like to learn more about the ISEC Space Three web seminars on astronomy and space science education will begin at the end of August.

The workshops are offered by the Windows on the Universe and the National Earth Science Teachers Association. Topics include calculating distances in space; comets, dwarf planets and asteroids; and tides and orbital motions of the Earth-moon system.

To register or to view past presentations, go to

http://www.windows2universe.org/teacher_resources/main/webinars.html

FAMILY SCIENCE FEST 8/23

On August 23, the Space Elevator Conference will host its fourth Family Science Fest at the Museum of Flight.

This daylong event will offer hands-on activities, displays and demonstrations with the focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Visitors will be able to watch a special student robotics competition, visit Robot Alley and the Gadget Gallery, and participate in a special STEM Scavenger Hunt.

For more information, visit

http://www.isec.org/sec/index.php/family-science-fest

SEND YOUR NAME TO THE ASTEROID BENNU

NASA invites people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016.

The Messages to Bennu microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. The robotic mission will collect a sample of Bennu's surface and return it to Earth in a sample return capsule.

The deadline to submit names online is September 30, 2014. Participants who submit their names will be able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their involvement.

To register, go to

http://www.planetary.org/get-involved/messages/bennu/

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS (8-12+)

Applications are now open for NITARP, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program, which gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research.

Small groups of educators, primarily high school teachers, are partnered with a mentor professional astronomer for an original research project. The educators incorporate the experience into their classrooms and share their experience with other teachers. Each team also writes up the results of their research and presents it in a science poster session at an American Astronomical Society meeting (the AAS is the professional organization for astronomers in the US).

The deadline for applications is September 22, 2014. The program runs January through January. For more information, visit

http://nitarp.ipac.caltech.edu/

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