Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

November 30, 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

-- WOMEN FLY! (7-12)
-- GRAVITY ASSIST PODCAST
-- WHAT IS THE SUPERMOON? (1-12)
-- GENERATION NANO CHALLENGE (6-12)

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WOMEN FLY! (7-12)

The 2018 dates have been set for Women Fly, the Museum of Flight's annual event for youth interested in aviation, aerospace, and STEM futures.

Participants are invited to participate in a day of motivational and career-oriented activities that will allow them to meet and learn from professional women working in a variety of STEM careers. Middle school day will be March 22, 2018; high school day will be March 23, 2018.

For more information and registration when it opens, go to

http://www.museumofflight.org/Education/Explore-programs/women-fly

GRAVITY ASSIST PODCAST

Go on a tour of our galactic neighborhood with NASA's new science podcast series, Gravity Assist.

The 10-part series is a virtual tour of the solar system and beyond, featuring lively conversations with some of the world’s leading scientists. Listen in weekly to learn more about our solar system. To enjoy the series, go to

https://www.nasa.gov/mediacast/gravity-assist-podcast-the-sun-with-nicky-fox

WHAT IS THE SUPERMOON? (1-12)

The term “supermoon” has been popping up a lot in the news and on social media over the past few years. In 2017, the supermoon will appear on December 3.

But what are supermoons, why do they occur and how can they be used as an educational tool. This NASA article includes links to a variety of lessons on "moon topics" including the phases of the moon and how to observe the moon. For more information, go to

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/2017/11/15/whats-a-supermoon-and-just-how-super-is-it/

GENERATION NANO CHALLENGE (6-12)

The National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative invite middle and high school students to use scientific research to imagine an original science-powered superhero. Entry deadline is January 8, 2018.

Entries consist of two parts: a written section, and either a short comic or a 90-second video. Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to showcase their creation at the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

The entry deadline is January 8, 2018. For complete rules, go to

https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/gennano/

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