Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

January 4, 2018

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

-- WALKING AMONG STARS
-- WHAT IS A VOLCANO? (2-8)
-- EPA AWARD FOR EDUCATORS (K-12)
-- FOCUS ON FLIGHT (K-12)
-- WAS TEACHERS SOUGHT (K-12)

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WALKING AMONG STARS

Want to walk inside the debris from a massive stellar explosion? The Walking Among the Stars project uses data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes to create a 3-D virtual reality rendering of the remains of Cassiopeia A.

The VR project is being made available in an open access format suitable for VR caves as well as on the Oculus Rift platform. The project coordinators plan for a Google Cardboard version in future iterations. A Cas A 3D model in a printable format is also available as a download.

For more information, go to

http://chandra.harvard.edu/vr/

WHAT IS A VOLCANO? (2-8)

A volcano is an opening on the surface of a planet or moon that allows material warmer than its surroundings to escape from its interior. To learn more and find classroom activities, visit

https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/volcanoes2/en/

This Space Place article is also available in Spanish at

https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/volcanoes2/sp/

EPA AWARD FOR EDUCATORS (K-12)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is accepting applications for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators.

The award recognizes K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning. Winners and their local education agencies will each be awarded up to $2,500.

Deadline is March 1, 2018. For more information, go to

https://www.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators

FOCUS ON FLIGHT (K-12)

In January, NASA Educator Professional Development webinars will focus on principals of flight, including activities related to forces and motion and those utilizing rockets, kites and balloons. For a complete schedule of events, visit

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

WAS TEACHERS SOUGHT (K-12)

Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is seeking STEM teachers to evaluate online coursework and participate as an academic facilitator for its sophomore level program during a three-day summer experience which will occur between mid-July to mid-August 2018.

Participants will have opportunities to interact with professionals working in STEM fields, tour engineering and research facilities that are not open to the general public, work with highly engaged and motivated students, and learn new techniques for demonstrating STEM concepts in their classrooms.

Ideal candidates are teachers or college students enrolled in pre-certification programs with experience teaching mathematics, science or technology-related courses. Experience with chaperoning student trips or camps is beneficial, but not required. The teacher application deadline is Friday, February 2, 2018.

For more information, visit

http://www.museumofflight.org/Education/Explore-programs/Washington-Aerospace-Scholars/

Opportunities are also open to teachers and pre-service teachers in Montana and Oregon. For more information and applications, visit the homepage for Western Aerospace Scholars at

http://www.museumofflight.org/Education/Explore-programs/was

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