October 6, 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
-- OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT (K-12)
-- WEATHERING THE STORM (K-8)
-- FREE SCIENCE ON WHEELS VISITS (K-12)
-- CELEBRATE SOLAR WEEK (5-8)
OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT (K-12)
On October 8, everyone on Earth is invited to participate in International Observe the Moon Night, a worldwide, public celebration of lunar science and exploration.
The IOMN website provides a variety of materials including moon maps, lithographs, and presentations from teacher workshops offering Earth and moon statistics, as well as lunar phases and eclipses. There is also a map of public events, including several in the Pacific Northwest.
For more information, go to
On October 11, discover ways to bring literacy and science together through the free NASA Educator Professional Development webinar, "Earth Right Now: NASA Literacy Resources in Earth Science."
Discussion will include interactive online books available from NASA, plus books available from a collaboration between NASA/NOAA and the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, program. Educators will have the opportunity to download the collection of more than 15 books dealing with Earth processes.
To register online, visit
This workshop is part of the series, NASA Weathering the Storm, being offered in October. To see the full schedule, go to
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
Solar Week 2016 takes place October 17-21 and provides a weeklong series of web-based activities for teens and pre-teens with a focus on the sun-Earth connection.
Young people ages 10-14 can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar eclipses, solar energy and solar storms through a series of cool facts, activities and games. Many activities are suitable for fun in the computer lab as well. After doing the activities, participants can interact on the bulletin board with leading scientists at the forefront of sun-Earth research.
To learn more and to register to participate, visit
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