March 10, 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
-- PI DAY CHALLENGE (4-12)
-- EARTH RIGHT NOW WEBINARS (K-12)
-- NEW LESSON PLANS FROM NASA/4-H (3-12)
-- PRECIPITATION EDUCATION (K-12)
PI DAY CHALLENGE (4-12)
Celebrate Pi Day (March 14) with NASA! On March 10, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will release the fourth installment of its popular Pi Day Challenge.
The illustrated math problem set gets students and adults thinking like NASA scientists to find solutions to real problems posed in space and planetary exploration. The new challenge will be uploaded on March 10. Previous sets are also available. For more information, go to
In March, NASA Educator Professional Development webinars will focus on Earth-based curriculum including atmosphere, geography, weather, and the use of satellite imagery.
For a complete schedule of Earth Right Now events, visit
Did you know astronauts train on “soft” skills as well as technical skills? To prepare for spaceflight missions, astronauts learn critical people skills like how to work as a team, how to communicate effectively, and how to make the most of each other’s differences.
Expeditionary Skills for Life, developed by NASA and 4-H, is built around these skills and the training astronauts receive in preparation for long-duration space expeditions. Each new learning module (Self Care/Team Care, Cultural Understanding, Teamwork, and Leadership/Followership) features a set of lesson plans as well as video of a NASA expert explaining how the astronauts use the skill.
The lesson plans and videos will be used in 4-H clubs and camps throughout the U.S. and are available publicly
Rain, snow, and other forms of precipitation affect every part of life on Earth. NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission has created an education website offering activities, lesson plans, articles, videos and more.
Formal and informal educators are able to browse by grade level and type of resource. For more information, visit
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