February 6, 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
-- SOLAR ECLIPSE SURVEY FOR TEACHERS (K-12)
-- TEACHER ADVISORS WANTED (K-12)
-- CELEBRATE AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH (6-12)
-- OPTIMUS PRIME SPINOFF CONTEST (3-12)
SOLAR ECLIPSE SURVEY FOR TEACHERS (K-12
NASA and PBS station WGBH/Boston are developing eclipse resources and programming to support the needs of teachers, students, and schools that are planning to conduct activities in conjunction with the August 21 solar eclipse.
They are asking teachers, students and their schools who have planned activities to fill out a short survey to help NASA and PBS meet their needs. The survey is available at
NASA and PBS station WGBH/Boston are looking for 50 K-12 educators to help develop new instructional models and digital media tools for STEM classrooms. These resources will be distributed free of charge through the PBS LearningMedia platform.
Candidates should be full-time K-12 teachers covering select Earth science topics in the fall. They should have a passion for using digital technology and be comfortable with collaborating with peers through digital communication technologies.
Participants will receive an honorarium, national recognition and early access to the newly developed materials. Applications are due February 8, 2017. For complete information, visit
African-Americans such as Benjamin Banneker, George Carruthers, Katherine Johnson and Mae Jemison have contributed to the fields of astronomy, physics, mathematics and living and working in space.
In honor of National African-American History Month, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center welcomes educators and middle through high school students to participate in an engaging series of digital programs on STEM topics and careers.
To register for these free programs, go to
NASA's OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC) is designed to raise students' awareness of technology transfer efforts and how NASA technologies contribute to our everyday lives.
Students who submit the winning entries in each age category will have the opportunity to visit NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for an awards ceremony and workshop to be held in their honor. They will also have a chance to design and create their own public service announcement video with guidance from NASA video producers and actor Peter Cullen, the voice of the TRANSFORMERS character OPTIMUS PRIME.
The deadline for students in grades 9-12 to register and submit entries is February 10, 2017. Students in grades 3-8 must register and submit their entries no later than March 13, 2017.
For more information, visit
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