September 12, 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
-- A LASER FOCUS ON NASA MATERIALS (K-12)
-- DLN: NASA AND WILDFIRE SAFETY (9-12)
-- WHAT IS EARTH? (K-8)
-- WORLD SPACE WEEK (K-12)
A LASER FOCUS ON NASA MATERIALS (K-12)
Curious about how to integrate NASA research and materials into your classroom? On October 4, Washington State LASER will hold a special professional development workshop on this topic in Vancouver, Washington.
Brett Moulding, co-author of “A Vision and Plan for Science Teaching and Learning” will lead participants through an exploration of NASA data as a way to support students understanding of complex phenomena. Participants will develop expertise in supporting students to create evidence-based explanations.
This event is funded by NASA through the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP).For more information, go to
DLN: NASA AND WILDFIRE SAFETY (9-12)
In 2013, life changed drastically for the families of 19 firefighters trapped in an Arizona wildfire when the fire shelters they were carrying failed protect them. That tragedy inspired a NASA team to look at how the inflatable heat shield technology developed for spacecraft could protect firefighters in the field.
On October 19, join NASA’s Digital Learning Network for a special interactive web conference. During this event, students can learn personally from the scientists, engineers and representatives of the National Forestry Service about how they will use this technology to save lives.
Requests to participate must be received by September 16, 2016 in order to be considered.
Requests should use "CHIEFS Webcast" in the message’s subject line and include a point of contact (POC) name, school name, POC email and phone number, grade level of students who will participate, and the approximate number of students who will participate.
Requests and questions should be sent firstname.lastname@example.org WHAT IS EARTH? (K-8)
Planet Earth is called the "Goldilocks planet." NASA offers two sets of articles written for students that explain why Earth is just right for us.
For students in kindergarten to grade four, visit
For students in grades five through eight, 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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