Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

October 31, 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

-- TEACHER ONBOARD (K-16)
-- NASA STEM EDUCATOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COLLABORATIVE (K-16)
-- SEND YOUR NAME TO MARS

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TEACHER ONBOARD (K-16)

Former classroom teacher and astronaut Joe Acaba, is currently spending six months onboard the International Space Station. During his stay, he is producing regular podcasts, in which he speaks about how he went from being a son of Puerto Rican immigrants, who loved the outdoors, to educator and astronaut.

Hear his story and see what a day in his life onboard the station is like at

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/year-of-education.html

NASA STEM EDUCATOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COLLABORATIVE (K-16)

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) is a network of education and technology experts from minority serving institutions that work directly with education professionals in K-16 to bring NASA into your classroom.

EPDC has a focus on culturally-responsive teaching practices. Resources can be found at

https://www.txstate-epdc.net/

SEND YOUR NAME TO MARS

In May of 2018, the InSight Mission will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, en route to Mars, and your name can be on it.

InSight will land at Elysium Planitia, near the Martian equator, and be the first mission with the goal of studying the interior of Mars. Deadline for adding your name to be sent to Mars is November 1, 2017, 11:59PM ET.

To sign up to having your name include on a microchip onboard InSight, and to learn more about the mission, go to

https://mars.nasa.gov/syn/insight

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