Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

December 12, 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

-- NESSP SUMMER PROGRAMS OPEN (6-12)
-- COSMOQUEST IMAGE DETECTIVE
-- WSGC SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED (12)
-- WEATHER RECORDS RESCUE
-- CUBES IN SPACE (6-12)
-- NEWSLETTER ON HIATUS UNTIL JANUARY

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NESSP SUMMER PROGRAMS OPEN (6-12)

Applications for NESSP’s 2018 STEM educator summits and teacher training workshops are opening this week.

The education summits will bring together formal and informal educators to discuss and be trained in engaging hands-on activities with a culturally relevant focus designed to motivate and enable middle and high school students to be more successful in science, technology engineering and math (STEM) topics.

Lodging and meals will be provided for participants at no cost. Travel assistance is also available. Preference will be given to educators who commit to facilitating a NESSP-funded summer camp in their community.

A series of two-day training sessions for community educators who wish to facilitate a camp will also be offered in communities in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. For more information, go to

https://nwessp.org/

COSMOQUEST IMAGE DETECTIVE

The CosmoQuest Image Detective, a NASA-funded citizen science project, invites the public to identify Earth features in photographs taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Citizen scientists are asked to help identify geographic features (natural or human-made) in astronaut photographs and then determine the location on Earth where the photo is centered. Your efforts can enhance NASA’s database of images taken by astronauts from the space station.

To learn more, visit

http://cosmoquest.org/ImageDetective

WSGC SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED (12)

The deadline for the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Scholarship for Incoming Freshmen at the University of Washington has been extended to January 15, 2018.

These competitive scholarships are based on high school academic achievement, standardized test scores, personal essays, recommendations, and future academic promise. Applicants must be Washington state residents and U.S. citizens planning to major in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics discipline.

To apply, visit our scholarship page at

https://tinyurl.com/2018uw-scholars-freshman-html

WEATHER RECORDS RESCUE

Unearthing and digitising historic weather records will help build a legacy of environmental information, contribute to new discoveries and unlock answers to questions about our weather and changing climate.

Every day since 1860 the UK Met Office has produced daily weather reports from across western Europe. The observations came from Sweden in the north to Spain in the south, and from Ireland in the west to Germany in the east. Citizen scientists are needed to transcribe lost weather observations taken in the Victorian-era from across Europe.

For more information, visit

https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/edh/weather-rescue

CUBES IN SPACE (6-12)

Cubes in Space offers students ages 11-18 a chance to design and propose experiments to launch into space or a near space environment on a NASA sounding rocket and zero-pressure scientific balloon.

Selected student-designed payload cubes will be launched via a sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, in late June 2018 or from a high-altitude scientific balloon from NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in New Mexico in late August 2018.

Deadline to apply is February 2, 2018. For more information, visit

http://www.cubesinspace.com/

NEWSLETTER ON HIATUS UNTIL JANUARY

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Newsletter for Teachers will return to its regular schedule the first week of January. For the latest Space Grant news, please visit us on Facebook at

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

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