July 20, 2016
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
-- LEXUS ECO CHALLENGE (6-12)
-- ROBOTICS ON A BUDGET & MORE (4-12)
-- SUMMER ROBOTICS COMPETITION (6-12)
-- WORLD SPACE WEEK (K-12)
-- WSGC NEWSLETTER SUMMER SCHEDULE
LEXUS ECO CHALLENGE (6-12)
The Lexus Eco Challenge gets middle and high school students involved in an environmental issue that affects their community, using their critical-thinking and research skills to come up with a solution, and to report on the results by way of an action plan.
The challenge awards up to $500,000 in grants and scholarships to eligible teachers, students and schools each year. Entries for the Entries for the land/water challenge open August 15, 2016; entries for the air/climate challenge open October 19, 2016.
For more information, go to
In July and August, free webinars from the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative will focus on robotics on a budget and using NASA data sets. On August 2, there will be a special session on NASA resources for home school students.
For a complete schedule of upcoming events, go to
There is still time to registration for Robo Climb 2016, the sixth annual ISEC Space Elevator Youth Robotics Competition, being held August 20 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Middle- and high-school level robotics teams compete to build/program an autonomous, tether-climbing robot and a cargo delivery system. Prizes will be awarded to the top-performing teams and for innovative robot design.
The deadline to register for the robotics competition is August 6. The competition is part of the Space Elevator Family Science Fest. For complete rules and entry information, visit
Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world in celebrating the United Nations-declared World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2016.
World Space Week commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957. An international website offers educational resources to use in the classroom.
For more information, visit
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