November 23, 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
-- ASTRONOMY OF MANY CULTURES (9-12)
-- STEAM POWER WORKSHOP (K-12)
-- MISSION X: TRAIN LIKE AN ASTRONAUT (K-12)
-- EO KIDS PUBLICATION
ASTRONOMY OF MANY CULTURES (9-12)
The Astronomy of Many Cultures offers educators a wide range of resources focused on the contributions of cultures outside of Europe and the U.S mainstream.
Sponsored by the Higher Education Working Group within the NASA Science Mission Directorate, the resource list consists of a range of English-language materials that can be used both by educators and their students/audiences. Included are formally published and web-based materials, as well as videos and classroom activities.
To review the listings, visit
A second listing, Women in Astronomy, is available at
On February 11, the Pacific Science Center in partnership with the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center will host STEAM Power, a daylong professional development workshop for educators focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).
Participants will have a choice of two skill-based workshops at these three Seattle Center area venues, a stimulating full lunch with keynote speaker, and tasty snacks throughout the day.
This year, STEAM Power will offer tracks tailored to elementary and secondary levels. The workshops will address a broad spectrum of STEAM learning, highlight key topics from each organization’s specific areas of expertise, and be taught by each organization’s staff and professional educators.
The cost is $55, and includes seven Washington state clock hours. For more information, go to
Mission X encourages children of all ages throughout the world to pursue healthy lifestyles based on the model of training like an astronaut through six- to nine-week challenges.
In 2017, Mission X is challenging Fit Explorers to work together to perform activities that will move Astro Charlie the 478 million steps it would take to walk from Earth to the moon! That's 238,857 miles, or 384,403 kilometers! At an average walking speed, that would take one person about nine years to complete.
The deadline to register is December 31, 2016. To learn more about the Mission X challenge and sign up with Team America, go to
EO Kids, a new publication from NASA Earth Observatory, explores how NASA observes and measures fresh water from space. The publication offers hands-on activities, experiments, and more.
Find out why Lake Mead appears to have a bathtub ring around its shoreline and how less snow in the mountains means less drinking water for California. Explore satellite images of where fresh water is stored in and on Earth. Discover what NASA does in the field with an update from scientists on the Olympic Mountain Experiment (OLYMPEX) campaign.
To download a copy, visit
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