April 9, 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
-- 2017 SOLAR ECLIPSE GUIDE (K-12)
-- ONLINE SOLAR ECLIPSE WORKSHOP (4-12)
-- SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION (K-12)
-- BACKYARD PLANETS
2017 SOLAR ECLIPSE GUIDE (K-12)
On Aug. 21, 2017, American skywatchers will be treated to a rare and spectacular celestial show — the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly four decades.
The All-American Eclipse is a guide for public libraries and their communities. The booklet, written by Andrew Fraknoi of Foothill College and Dennis Schatz of the Pacific Science Center, offers suggested activities and tips for safe viewing. To download the booklet, go to
On April 11, NASA's Digital Learning Network will host an online Solar Eclipse Workshop for Educators. This is the first total eclipse to cross the United States since the 1970s, and the next one will not occur until 2024.
The hourlong live-streamed educator workshop will showcase solar eclipse education resources for K-12 educators.Several hands-on activities will be demonstrated during the workshop, and subject matter experts will explain why the eclipse is a unique event for scientists and the public.
For details on how to participate, visit
In April, NASA Educator Professional Development webinars will focus on NASA curriculum to help classes explore our solar system through hands-on activities.
Topics include the possibility of life on Mars, exploring whether another Earth might exist beyond our solar system, and using science and language arts to explore Saturn and Cassini.
For a complete schedule of events, visit
Is there a large planet at the fringes of our solar system awaiting discovery, a world astronomers call Planet Nine? NASA scientists looking for this planet and for new brown dwarfs in our solar system need the public's help.
The Backyard Planets project is seeking volunteer citizen scientists to comb through the images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission to distinguish moving celestial bodies from ghosts and other artifacts.
Come join the search, and you might find a rogue world that's nearer to the Sun than Proxima Centauri — or even the elusive Planet Nine. For details, visit
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