Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

June 8, 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

-- SUMMER ROBOTICS COMPETITION (6-12)
-- PNW GEOSCIENCE SUMMER SYMPOSIUM (K-12)
-- ECLIPSE TALKS IN SEATTLE
-- ECLIPSE NEWS IN SPANISH & ENGLISH (K-12)
-- RTH AVIATION DAY CAMP (6-12)
-- WSGC NEWSLETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE

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SUMMER ROBOTICS COMPETITION (6-12)

Early bird registration is now open for Robo Climb 2017, the seventh annual youth ISEC Space Elevator Youth Robotics Competition. The competition is part of the Space Elevator Family Science Fest, being held August 26 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Middle and high school students will compete to design, build and program an autonomous, tether-climbing robot and a cargo delivery system. Prizes will be awarded to the top-performing teams and for innovative robot design. Other family activities that day include hands-on STEM activities, displays and demonstrations.

The deadline to register for the robotics competition is August 12. For complete rules and entry information, visit

http://www.isec.org/sec/index.php/family-science-fest

PNW GEOSCIENCE SUMMER SYMPOSIUM (K-12)

The National Association of Geoscience Teachers Pacific Northwest Section (PNW NAGT) will hold its annual symposium June 22-24 in Idaho. The symposium is a multi-disciplinary exploration of scientific inquiry into Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve and the Eastern Snake River Plain with a special emphasis on geoscience education.

Registration is $30, not including field trips, and the public is encouraged to attend. PNW NAGT will cover the registration costs for any K-12 teacher. Please indicate your K-12 teacher status on the registration form. There are also 10 scholarships available for college students.

For more information, go to

https://www.nps.gov/crmo/learn/news/upload/2017-PNW-NAGT-Annual-Symposium-Registration-PDF-1.pdf

ECLIPSE TALKS IN SEATTLE

From July 26 to August 12, the Seattle Public Library will be hosting special eclipse talks at libraries around the city.

On August 21, the first total solar eclipse in almost 40 years will cross the United States. Dennis Schatz, a nationally recognized astronomy educator and senior advisor at Pacific Science Center, will offer an interactive presentation on when the solar eclipse will occur, how to view it safely, and why it has been so long since we’ve seen a total solar eclipse.

Talks will be offered at branches in Columbia City, Beacon Hill, Greenwood, New Holly, and West Seattle, as well as the Central Library downtown.

For the schedule details, visit the Seattle Public Library website below and select a branch library for calendar details:

http://www.spl.org/

ECLIPSE NEWS IN SPANISH & ENGLISH (K-12)

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. To help students and educators gain the most from this rare experience, NASA has released special websites in Spanish and English.

The Spanish language version of the website is available at

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/español

The English language version of the website is available at

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

RTH AVIATION DAY CAMP (6-12)

On July 22, up to 50 middle and high school students of color are invited to participate in the Red-Tailed Hawks (RTH) Aviation Day Camp at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

The event will include a chance to fly aboard airplanes, take part in aerospace STEM activities, learn about the Tuskegee Airmen and explore the Museum of Flight. The deadline to sign up is June 17.

RTH is a youth program of the Black Pilots of America and is committed to introducing underserved and underrepresented youth to the aviation industry. For registration details, go to

https://pita.ess.washington.edu/nwessp/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2017/01/RTH-Aviation-Day-Camp-2017-Flyer-Rev-A.pdf

WSGC NEWSLETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE

This month the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Newsletter for Teachers begins its summer schedule.

There will be a single newsletter in June and July. We will resume regular twice-monthly publication in August. For the latest Space Grant news and other NASA opportunities, please visit us on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-NASA-Space-Grant-Consortium/116910748327473/

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