Thursday, February 24, 2011

Shuttle Countdown Clock

Today is the last launch of the Discovery space shuttle. EVER.
Click here for the countdown clock.

From NASA:
"During space shuttle Discovery's final spaceflight, the STS-133 crew members will take important spare parts to the International Space Station along with the Express Logistics Carrier-4."

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Zeeland Earthquake

Click here for more details.
And here.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

New Teacher Resources

Welcome to SCINEWS!
"The purpose of SCINEWS is to provide middle and high school teachers timely, pre-packaged lessons on a science current event (such as an oil spill, earthquake, or shuttle launch) that are short (~15 min), easy to implement, and align to AZ state standards. Materials might include a slide show, videos, maps, photographs, or KML files for use in Google Earth. Each current event lesson has an associated PDF document that contains a brief overview of the event and lesson, as well as a map, photo(s), and AZ standards targeted. Although using current events in the classroom is not new, the goal here is to provide simple and short lessons that associate ‘textbook’ concepts with real events in the news while allowing for class discussion."

HINT from Marcia: Scroll down till you see the above image. There are currently 8 lessons that relate to recent "in the news" earth science-type world events, such as recent Kepler discoveries, Australian floods, Gulf Oil Spill.

Monday, February 7, 2011

New Melt Record for Greenland Ice Sheet

The video shows the same meltwater area in 2009 and 2010. Very dramatic difference!

Click here for more details.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cyclone Yasi Hits Australia

Share with your students the power of a Category 5 Hurricane. Also a good time to share the different terminology: Cyclone not Hurricane, and its opposite rotation in the southern hemisphere.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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