Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

December 23, 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

-- ALAN SHEPARD AWARD APPLICATIONS OPEN (K-12)
-- HELP MODEL CLIMATE HSTORY
-- ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECH PRACTICUM (9-12)
-- NAME A CRATER ON MERCURY

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ALAN SHEPARD AWARD APPLICATIONS OPEN (K-12)

Do you know K-12 teachers or district-level administrators who are making a difference in education through the use of technology?

The Space Foundation, in partnership with the Astronauts Memorial Foundation and NASA, will recognize the accomplishments of one outstanding individual and his or her contributions to lifelong learning through the application of technology in the classroom or in the professional development of teachers. School principals, superintendents or associate superintendents may nominate eligible candidates.

The 2015 award will be presented in April at the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Submissions are due January 16, 2015. For application information, go to

http://www.astronautsmemorial.org/alan-shepard-award.html

HELP MODEL CLIMATE HSTORY

Help scientists recover worldwide weather observations made by U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships.

Zooniverse's Old Weather Project aims to examine and transcribe historic records from these ships from the mid-1800s to 1950. The recovered data can improve knowledge of past environmental conditions and can provide additional data to be fed into computer climate models.

For more information, visit

https://www.zooniverse.org/project/oldweather

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECH PRACTICUM (9-12)

Pacific Science Center's Environmental Science & Technology Practicum provides high school students with a chance to explore environmental science, clean technology and associated careers.Each week, teens participate in hands-on aquatic and terrestrial research out in the wetland and in our state-of-the-art wet lab.

At the end of the nine-week session, teens receive a certificate of completion to enhance their academic portfolios and college applications.The winter session begins January 31. For more information, go to

http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Mercer-Slough/environmental-science-and-technology-practicum

NAME A CRATER ON MERCURY

The MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach Team is holding a competition to name five impact craters on Mercury. The spacecraft — scheduled to impact Mercury in the spring — has surpassed its originally planned primary orbital mission, returning more than 250,000 images.

According to the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the arbiter of planetary and satellite nomenclature since its inception in 1919, all new craters must be named after an artist, composer, or writer who was famous for more than 50 years and has been dead for more than three years. Participants will submit a short description of the individual's contributions to the arts, music, or literature, as well as an authoritative source for background information.

The deadline is January 15, 2015. The announcement of the winning submissions will coincide with the end of MESSENGER's mission operations in late March or April. For more information, go to

http://hub.jhu.edu/2014/12/22/name-a-crater-mercury

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