August 24, 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
-- FREE SCIENCE ON WHEELS VISITS (K-12)
-- REAL DATA FOR REAL LEARNING (K-12)
-- NEW MARS ROVER GAME
-- LIVE FROM JUNO (K-12)
FREE SCIENCE ON WHEELS VISITS (K-12)
With support from NASA and the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP), the Pacific Science Center is offering free astronomy programs to qualifying rural and tribal schools in Montana, Oregon and Washington.
Programs are designed to engage every student through interactive workshops in the classroom or the Pacific Science Center's portable planetarium. During the visits, schools are transformed into miniature science museums where students explore space-themed science through hands-on exhibits.
For more information on NESSP-supported visits, contact Maureen Devery, outreach education manager, at 206-443-3354 or email her at
For more information on PSC's Science on Wheels program, go to
From August 25 to September 1, free webinars from the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative will focus on methods to use real NASA data to explore topics such as hurricanes while integrating NASA missions, STEM curriculum, design challenges, online resources and the Next Generation Science Standards into classroom instruction.
Participants will get an overview of resources from the My NASA Data website and discover ways to incorporate real NASA data into discussions about topics ranging from climate system interactions to ocean ecology to forest fires.
For a schedule of upcoming webinars, visit
As Curiosity marks its fourth anniversary (in Earth years) since landing on Mars, it is working on collecting its 17th sample. While Curiosity explores Mars, gamers can join the fun via a new social media game, Mars Rover.
Through the app, gamers drive a rover through rough Martian terrain, challenging themselves to navigate and balance the rover while earning points along the way. The game also illustrates how NASA's next Mars rover, in development for launch in 2020, will use radar to search for underground water.
To get the free app and learn how the game rover compares to real Mars rovers, visit
After five years of travel, Juno is in orbit actively exploring the largest planet in our solar system. On September 12, join NASA's Digital Learning Network for a live webcast showcasing what we have learned in the first two months since Juno’s arrival at Jupiter and what we expect to learn throughout the course of this mission.
The program will be live from two NASA centers, feature special guests and include questions from the online audience. The webcast will air on the NASA DLiNfo Channel at 1 p.m. EDT.
Students and teachers will be able to ask questions via Twitter using #askDLN, via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NASADLN, or via email at DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.
For more information, visit
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