January 23, 2017
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
-- EXPEDITIONARY SKILLS FOR LIFE (3-12)
-- SCIENCE FAIR HELP FROM NASA (1-12)
-- "HIDDEN FIGURES" EDUCATION KIT (K-12)
-- STEAM POWER WORKSHOP (K-12)
EXPEDITIONARY SKILLS FOR LIFE (3-12)
To make their space expeditions successful, NASA works with astronauts on skills that prepare them to live and work together during their missions. Some of these same skills are useful in everyday life here on Earth.
Expeditionary Skills for Life, developed by NASA and 4-H, features lessons and content built around these skills and the training astronauts receive in preparation for long-duration expeditions in space.
New content will be released monthly, beginning in January. For more information, go to
Need help getting started on your science fair project? In this video series, a JPL scientist, engineer and educator team up to help students learn how to come up with an idea for a great science fair project and see it through to completion. To view the video, go to
For more information on science and engineering fairs and competitions around Washington state, visit
NASA is offering a kit to help teachers bring the story behind the movie "Hidden Figures" to the classroom.
In the 1960s, African American mathematician Katherine Johnson and her fellow human computers at NASA helped the U.S. reach the moon. Two profiles Katherine Johnson are available for students in grades K-4 and 5-8, see below:
"Who Is Katherine Johnson?" (K-4)
"Who Is Katherine Johnson?" (5-8)
The NASA Modern Figures Toolkit offers a collection of related resources and educational activities for students in grades K-12. Each educational activity and resource includes a brief description, information about how the activities and lessons align to education standards, plus videos, historical references and STEM materials.
For access, go to
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
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