It's exactly one month until Solar Eclipse 2017--time to figure out your viewing site. NASA has a fantastic collection of libraries, museums, national parks, and other places where groups will gather and experts will be on hand to answer questions. Search their official NASA event locations at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/event-locations!
Everybody knows you can't just stare at the sun, with an eclipse being no exception. The Washington Post helpfully explains about a program in which libraries are helping spread safe eye wear for the big event. Take a look, and get your free eclipse glasses today!
I spent part of the weekend down a rabbit hole with an app that a friend cursed me with showed me (thanks, Lisa!). It is trying to be the shazam! for plants--you take a picture of a leaf or flower and it matches it against similar images. It's way too much fun for nature geeks … Continue reading Shazam! for Plants?
Last summer, I posted about the AudioBook Sync program that gives away 2 FREE audiobooks for teens* every week through the summer. This is week 2, and they have Dogulas Adam's classic Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, read by Stephen Fry. Click over here to get it--the link expires Thursday (but will then be replaced … Continue reading AudioSync Hitchhiker’s Guide
(Note: Man leaping over graph is a professional. Do not try this at home.) I am currently in love with datanuggets.org, if you can be in love with a website. It features current, engaging scientific research and the data the scientist collected. Students read (or in some cases can see a video) about the the … Continue reading Real Science Research
Google Science Journal is a neat app I've been playing with. The name is misleading. It's really a collection of "devices"--using your phone's sensors to measure light intensity, sound, and acceleration in three planes. It also records and graphs data from those sensors and allows you to make notes on the conditions in which you … Continue reading Google “Science Journal”
My children's school participates in Project Learning Garden. The school got a variety of gardening materials, curriculum, and training. But the neatest part was the way this project bridges to eating. Participating schools get a cooking cart that has materials and recipes to take into classrooms to prepare foods from the garden. The teachers have … Continue reading Project Learning Garden
I realize I'm writing about gardening in the bleak of winter, but now is the time to plan if you have a school garden. That, and you have take advantage of this opportunity by February 15. Bonnie Plant Farms is giving cabbage plants to THIRD GRADE classes (only) that will allow students to grow a … Continue reading Giant Cabbage Heads
I learned recently about a fascinating twist on school gardening available through the International Space Station. You can request tomato seeds that have spent time on the ISS. Then your students grow them in your school garden and compare them to Earth-bound controls. They even get access to the data from all other participating schools. … Continue reading Out-Of-This-World Gardening
Project ATMOSPHERE workshop: The American Meteorological Society (AMS) has a lot of cool teacher offerings, but here's a fun-looking one in Kansas City, MO that will give you a chance to learn about the newest technologies in weather work. It's July 16-28 includes a stipend, graduate credit, travel money, and room and board. Apply by … Continue reading Three More Summer Adventures (plus a round-up)