Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

November 5, 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

-- UW CLIMATE SCIENCE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL (11-12)
-- STEAM WORKSHOPS (K-12)
-- DESIGN A SPACE TOOL (K-12)
-- TALK TO THE ISS CREW LIVE (K-12)
-- SPACE SHUTTLE TILES AVAILABLE (K-12)

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UW CLIMATE SCIENCE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL (11-12)

The UW in the High School program is accepting applications to teach UW Atmospheric Sciences 211: Climate and Climate Change. This interdisciplinary course covers the fundamentals of climate science, with an emphasis on the quantitative aspects of climate science, integrating the use of real climate data into labs.

Students taking the course pay a reduced tuition rate and receive 5 University of Washington credits for successful completion of the course. Applications are currently being accepted (this is an early admission process) and teachers need to apply before March 1, 2015.

For information about the course, how it is being taught, and the application process, visit

http://tinyurl.com/oqo8ml7

STEAM WORKSHOPS (K-12)

Join Pacific Science Center, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, and EMP Museum for a day dedicated to inspiring and supporting educators through S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math).

The workshops take place February 21, 2015. Participants will have a choice of two two-hour, skill-based workshops, plus a stimulating lunch keynote and tasty edibles throughout the day. Workshop topics include tools for reaching kinesthetic learners, techniques for students to engineer their own innovative ideas by using basic drawing skills and storyboarding, and ways to reimagine core science principles as real-world engineering challenges.

For more information, go to

http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Special-Events/steampower

DESIGN A SPACE TOOL (K-12)

NASA is challenging K-12 students to create and submit a digital 3D model of a tool that they think astronauts need in space. The winning design will become a part of space history as one of the first things ever to be 3D printed in space aboard the International Space Station.

There are two divisions: teen engineers for those ages 13-19 and junior engineers for those ages 5-12. Grand prize winner in the teen engineer category will receive a trip to NASA Payload Operations to see his or her print made live on the International Space Station, as well as a design session with Made in Space to customize the model for space and a Shapeways Designer Spotlight. The grand prize in the junior engineer category is a 3D printer donated to his or her school.

Deadline to enter is December 15, 2014. For more complete rules and design guidelines, go to

http://www.futureengineers.org/

TALK TO THE ISS CREW LIVE (K-12)

Interested in talking live to a crew member aboard International Space Station? The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking proposals from formal and informal education institutions and organizations to host an Amateur Radio contact with the ISS. The event would be held between May 1 and December 31, 2015, as determined by crew scheduling and ISS orbits.

Students also will have an opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless technology and radio science. Proposals are due December 15, 2014. For more information, visit

http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact

SPACE SHUTTLE TILES AVAILABLE (K-12)

NASA invites eligible schools and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles and other special items offered on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles.

Items are free but there is a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card. To make a request for special items, visit

http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/Special_Item_Request_Procedure.pdf

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