Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

November 15, 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

-- FLY YOUR EXOPLANET INTO SPACE (K-12)
-- ISS RESEARCH DESIGN CHALLENGE (8-12)
-- TECHNOLOGY TEACHER GRANT (K-8)
-- REMOTE SENSING WORKSHOPS (K-12)

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FLY YOUR EXOPLANET INTO SPACE (K-12)

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, slated to launch in June 2018, is an explorer-class planet finder. In the first-ever spaceborne all-sky transit survey, TESS will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants and will orbit a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances.

The public is invited to ponder what these exoplanets might look like and share their ideas in the form of sketches and graphics. Submissions will fly aboard the TESS spacecraft while it searches the sky for new worlds outside of our solar system.

The deadline for submissions is November 20 or when capacity of the drive that will carry submissions to space is reached, whichever occurs first. For more information, go to

https://tess.gsfc.nasa.gov/fly_your_exoplanet.html

ISS RESEARCH DESIGN CHALLENGE (8-12)

TNASA and Portland State University are challenging middle and high school students to design ground-based microgravity experiments, similar to those conducted aboard the International Space Station. Selected experiments will be tested in the university’s 2.1-second drop tower, and video results will be available for analysis and reporting.

Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design with a provided template and submit short proposals presenting the experiments. Design ideas are due March 1, 2018. The challenge is relatively new and as a result, the odds of selection are quite high.

For more information, visit

https://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/education-outreach/celere/

TECHNOLOGY TEACHER GRANT (K-8)

Share your tech-focused lesson plan for your subject and win up to $1,000 for classroom supplies, educational subscriptions and apps.

Lesson plans must include a detailed description of lessons, handouts, homework assignments, etc., plus a list of required resources. Six lesson plans will be named winners.

For more information, go to

https://fios.verizon.com/beacon/technology-teacher-grant/

REMOTE SENSING WORKSHOPS (K-12)

For the rest of November and into December, NASA Educator Professional Development webinars will focus on remote sensing applications and Earth observations.

Topics include using Earth observations to talk about snow and ice, water filtration, and the importance of polar areas. For a complete schedule of events, visit

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

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