March 27, 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
-- FLYING LESSONS FOR YOUTH (10-12)
-- NATIVE YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONGRESS (10-12)
-- MARS EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM (5-12)
-- WHERE ARE THE SMALL WORLDS? (5-12)
FLYING LESSONS FOR YOUTH (10-12)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take the control of an airplane in the skies? Curious about how airplanes are designed to fly? This summer the Red-Tailed Hawks FLY Program seeks to excite underrepresented youth, ages 16 to 19, about flying by providing a rich hands-on learning experience. Sciences Pipeline. For more information, including a cadet application and brochure, visit
The free two-week program, which takes participants though 40 hours of ground school and 10-12 flight hours, will be offered this summer at Regal Air at Paine Field in Everett. Top performers will continue past solo and earn a Private Pilot certification. Sciences Pipeline. For more information, including a cadet application and brochure, visit
Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a B average in school and able to pass the FAA Class III medical examination. Applications are due May, 15, 2017. Sciences Pipeline. For more information, including a cadet application and brochure, visit
The Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club is a chapter of Black Pilots of America, Inc. and a member of the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline. For more information, including a cadet application and brochure, visit
The Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress brings together students from across the country to discuss community adaptation and related environmental issues impacting Native peoples.
The 2017 Congress will take place July 9-15 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The goal of the program is to develop future conservation leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools to address environmental change and better serve their schools and home communities.
Accepted students (in small community groups of three to five members) will travel with one adult chaperone to and from the event. All student travel costs will be paid by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other federal agency partners. The application deadline is April 7, 2017.
For more information, go to
How do scientists search for habitable environments beyond Earth? What makes an environment habitable? Are the criteria for life the same or different beyond Earth? The science of astrobiology is at the forefront addressing these types of challenging questions.
The Mars Education Symposium, hosted by NASA and Arizona State University, will take place June 19-23 in Tempe, Arizona. Participants will learn how to teach students about how essential biology, geology and chemistry are related to the fascinating search for life elsewhere. They will be trained using lessons designed and aligned to Next-Generation Science Standards and will receive a certificate after completing 45 professional development hours. Field trip includes the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory and Sunset Crater Volcanic Area.
Participants will be responsible for lodging, meals, and transportation to and from Arizona State University. Transportation between campus and the field trip sites will be provided. Some hiking will be required.
Participants will be trained using lessons designed and aligned to Next-Generation Science Standards and will receive a certificate after completing 45 professional development hours.
Space is limited to 30 participants. Applications are due June 1, 2017. For more information, go to
Join the growing group of formal and informal educators discovering Infiniscope’s first digital-by-design learning experience to explore the view of our solar system from the perspective of the Sun and collect data on small worlds.
In this experience, learners explore the view of our solar system from the perspective of the sun and collect data on small worlds. Learners observe the motion of different worlds to determine their location in the solar system, then launch probes to search these small worlds to find the hidden caches and collect astrocoins.
For lessons and additional information, visit
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