Idaho Science Mom shares STEM outreach, local events, and experiments for families and teachers to share with their kids. I will also post grant opportunities, articles about STEM education, and fun activities in Idaho and beyond!
Of all the fun, cool, inspiring, and educational resources that exist on Earth Day and everyday, I really liked this one from the Washington Post. It shows the Earth from a variety of perspectives from all over the galaxy.
total eclipse phase begins at 1:07 a.m. Tuesday, April 15. The moon will be
completely darkened by the Earth’s shadow from 1:46 to 2:25 a.m. Tuesday
morning and the eclipse will be finished at 3:33 a.m.”
1:07 to 2:25 AM, (the darkest time occurring at 1:46 a.m.) the moon will appear
dark red-orange. It will appear darkest at 1:46 AM.
while the conspicuous partial phase (with the moon missing a “bite”) ends at
3:33 AM, the moon will still be in the earth’s partial (penumbral) shadow for
the next hour, during which time it will appear slightly darker than normal
along its right edge, less so as it moves out of the penumbra, and will be
completely out of the penumbra by 4:39 AM (although most people won’t notice
anything unusual about its appearance after 4:00 AM or so, since the amount of
shading will be so slight).
a graphic that may make it clearer. Note that all times are MDT, and the
moon moves from right to left over the course of the night:
I found this on our local Girl Scout website, and it looks like a great activity. Registration has started, but the girls need to be Girl Scouts to attend. I loved my years in Girl Scouts, both in Connecticut and in Texas. Girl Scouts of America has changed over the years, but I appreciate their efforts to incorporate STEM in their programs and events. They are much more than cookies now!
Yesterday I was reminded of several things. First, technology had made this world very small. A HS classmate of mine from TX posted a cute video clip of a dad singing with his daughter. Well, I told her that he was the brother of my daughter's ballet teacher. But the blog worthy part of that story is that he is also the first winner, in 2012, of a science challenge that asked scientists to explain complex topics to 11 year Olds. The children actually voted on the submissions, and Ben Ames, singing dad and doctoral student at University of Innsbrook, won by explaining best "What is a Flame."
This year the question is "What is color?" The submissions are in and children all over the world have been asked to judge. This is such a cool idea!
Thanks Alan Alda!
Well, what a fun day to remember one of my mentors in life!!
This picture was taken in 1992 when I returned to Grapevine High School to attend a fundraiser and school assembly where we again honored Dr. Goodall and the work of my other major mentor, Sherri Steward-Ganz. I think my mom still has the videotape of my speech during the assembly. I am sure I said what every college student says, "When I was in high school..." even though it had just been 3 years.
Happy Birthday Dr. Goodall! What a timely message you still share about global conservation and the power of ONE! You are wonderful!!