Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

May 24, 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

-- MARS 2030 FOR EDUCATORS (5-12)
-- FOCUS ON MARS WEBINARS (PRE-K - 12)
-- STEM IN 30 (6-8)
-- SEATTLE AQUARIUM CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS (K-9)

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MARS 2030 FOR EDUCATORS (5-12)

Mars 2030 gives teachers and students an opportunity to explore the Red Planet through either a virtual reality simulation or a desktop version for those without virtual reality hardware.

Taking on the role of an astronaut, players traverse Mars and collect geological samples that uncover the planet’s past. Participants make discoveries across 40 square kilometers of open Martian terrain, accurately-mapped and -modeled using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE satellite data.

Complimentary Mars 2030 software is available for educators and museum staff. For more information, visit

http://mars2030-vr.com/

FOCUS ON MARS WEBINARS (PRE-K - 12)

In June, NASA Educator Professional Development webinars will focus on ways to bring the excitement of Mars into the classroom through math, life sciences, basic physics, and a STEAM approach to building a sustainable community off planet.

Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and other resources that bring NASA into the classroom. All webinars are free but registration is required to participate.

For a complete schedule of events, visit

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

STEM IN 30 (6-8)

On June 5, join the winners of "Two for the Crew" design challenge, along with other students, for a live downlink with NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel as they orbit 250 miles above the Earth.

STEM in 30 is an interactive classroom program consisting of 30-minute live webcasts that engage middle school students in STEM topics ranging from WWI airplanes to rovers on Mars.

For details, go to

https://airandspace.si.edu/events/international-space-station-downlink

SEATTLE AQUARIUM CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS (K-9)

The Seattle Aquarium offers summer camps for youth ages 4-14 in summer 2018, ranging from the basics of marine life to science investigations through microscopes and more.

Scholarships are available for all camps. Camp scholarships are granted on an income percentage basis and family size aligning with federal income standards. For more information, visit

https://www.seattleaquarium.org/summer-camps

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