Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

October 7, 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

-- LIVE EARTH WEEK EVENTS (5-12)
-- SOLAR QUESTIONS ANSWERED (5-9)
-- WORK WITH WASHINGTON AEROSPACE SCHOLARS (6-12)
-- MATHEMATICS: ALGEBRAIC EQUATIONS (9-12)

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LIVE EARTH WEEK EVENTS (5-12)

From October 12-18, NASA will be offering free educator webinars and an opportunity for the public to help scientists who study Earth’s clouds by participating in #SkyScience Cloud Study.

Online workshop topics include how to utilize the digital GLOBE Earth system poster provided by the MY NASA DATA project n the classroom, understand Earth's water cycle including extreme events such as floods, and a Spanish immersion lesson on climate change.

For the #SkyScience Cloud Study, the public can participate by observing, photographing and reporting on clouds over their location as a NASA satellite passes over. Reports and photos will be compared to data collected by NASA Earth-observing instruments as a way to assess the satellite measurements.

For more information, go to

http://nasaesw.strategies.org/events/

SOLAR QUESTIONS ANSWERED (5-9)

Solar scientists will be taking questions live from teachers and their students during Solar Week, Oct. 27-31. Teachers are encouraged to help their students come up with a couple of great class questions rather than posting individual questions.

Solar Week is a week of online curriculum, games and activities about the sun for grades 5-9. The educational event is held twice a year, in fall and spring. For more information, visit

http://www.solarweek.org/cms/

WORK WITH WASHINGTON AEROSPACE SCHOLARS (6-12)

Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) -- an educational program for high school juniors from across Washington state -- is seeking certified math and science teachers to evaluate online coursework and also participate as academic facilitators during a six-day summer residency at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Participating teachers will be exposed to university level curriculum and content. They also have opportunities to interact with professionals working in STEM fields, tour engineering and research facilities that are not open to the general public, work with highly engaged and motivated students, and learn new techniques for demonstrating STEM concepts in their classrooms.

In addition to receiving stipends and travel expenses, participating teachers are able to apply for 60 free clock hours. Applications are due November 7.

For more information, go to

http://www.museumofflight.org/was

Applications are open to interested high school juniors statewide until November 14 and may be accessed at the same URL.

MATHEMATICS: ALGEBRAIC EQUATIONS (9-12)

Beginning November 3, NASA Virtual University will offer Mathematics: Algebraic Equations, a professional development series consisting of three weekly webinars. The series is designed to introduce educators to tools for teaching algebraic equations. To register, go to

http://helixtraining.gtpe.gatech.edu/

TWO OCTOBER ECLIPSES

West Coasters will have two chances to see eclipses this month. The first will be a lunar eclipse early October 8; the second will be a partial solar eclipse on October 23.

For more information, including safety tips, go to

http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/skies-over-west-seattle-october-2014-edition-two-eclipses/

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