Send Your Name to Mars: Mars 2020

Send Your Name to Mars. View and share your Boarding Pass. See your Frequent Flyer points:

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Have a little fun sign up your Boarding Pass!


Global Launch

Join in the worldwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch on July 16, 2019 by launching your own rocket! All types of rockets are welcome, and no launch is too small so start spreading the word and get ready to celebrate!

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This could be a great opportunity for a summer camp. I’ll post and tweet about as time gets closer.

Join us for a free Webinar on El Nino and Ocean Currents

Lessons from AMS Education will be presented during the 1-hr Webinar for Teachers. Teachers will work away with a free lesson and some great resources. Learn about the American Meteorological Society’s professional development opportunities.

🚨FREE Climate PD!

🌊 El Niño & La Niño

🗺 Ocean currants

🔎 Explore Ss activities in a webinar!

📆 Saturday, May 18th ⏰ 10:00 – 11:00 EST

💻 Register:

DataStreme courses are great way to get some background on Meteorology. It’s being offered by the American Meteorological Society). It creates opportunities to be an earth science leader and local expert in your school, district, and state. Materials not only invigorate your own confidence in teaching these topics, but also align with the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas for Earth and Space Science, specifically ESS2.C, ESS2.D, ESS3.B, ESS3.C, and ESS3.D. Addresses NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Energy and Matter, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change.

AMS PD opportunity

Just a brief post on this amazing opportunity for teachers. I’ve been involved with the American Meteorological Society and all its PD opportunities for a couple of years. I finally finished my final course and earned a certificate in AMS DataStreme. A Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for completing 4 of their courses. The courses were all online and through California University of Pennsylvania. They are very independent and can take up to 6 hours a week to complete the work. You do have a mentor who will help through any difficulties. All the course can be very rewarding. I just completed the Climate course. I now have the tools and knowledge to teach about Climate Change, using science of course! The cost for the courses include graduate credit see below

The total cost of DataStreme Courses for the 2019-2020 academic year will be $450/semester (only $350 for AMS members. Note that K-12 teacher annual membership in the Society is $57). The DataStreme course fee covers all course materials including textbooks, university academic fees, as well as the three tuition-free graduate credits per course. The fee is non-refundable. Instructions on paying the course fee will be distributed after acceptance to the course. By leveraging grant funding, each DataStreme course costs participants a fraction of total tuition value of over $1900 per semester (as of spring 2019). Take from AMS website

The amount of resources you get at the end of the courses are worth it. Also you are given an opportunity to apply to two great summer opportunities. Project Maury and Project Atmosphere. It is a great opportunity for teachers. You actually get hands on training in Meteorological and Oceanography topics. One week is spent online preparing for the workshop and the next week is going to the sites to do actual content. For Project Atmosphere National Weather Service Training Center (NWSTC) in Kansas City, Missouri, six days on site. Project Maury you spend  12 days in Annapolis Maryland, working with various Naval Academy instructors.  I have completed both workshops and have had a great time at both. Between the amount information and meeting teachers from around the country, it exceeded my expectations.  I can’t even begin to tell you that my experience with the DataStreme classes and the summer opportunities have been one the best PD’s I have attended in a long time.

Even though I’m writing this a bit late, Applications were due April 1st. Keep in mind you can take the DataStreme courses any time. Check it out you never know!

Peanuts and NASA:A 50th Anniversary Celebration |

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(8) funsciencedemos – YouTube

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I really like this YouTube Channel, I use it to help demo certain topics in science. I added some of the videos my student playlists I made in YouTube. The channel is made by Temple University. They also have a website with various resource: FunScienceSupport

Check them out!

Bioprinting 101: Part 3 Industrial Printers | | The Voice of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing

Read this article if you want a good general basis on the 3D bioprinting industrial options available.

Source: Bioprinting 101: Part 3 Industrial Printers | | The Voice of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing

Its amazing how far 3D printing has come in the medical field. Take a look at all the different methods and printers they are using.

What FamilyTreeDNA sharing genetic data with police means for you | Science News

Law enforcement can now use one company’s private DNA database to investigate rapes and murders.

Source: What FamilyTreeDNA sharing genetic data with police means for you | Science News

So you know how we talk that double edged sword? Here is great discussion you can have with your students, Police using the DNA databases of FamilyTreeDNA. Other companies like 23andMe are not sharing any information. But will this change? Great topic for ethics.

Rover is Driving

A couple of things have happened in the past couple of weeks since my last post. The most important Rover event…ITS DRIVING! can’t believe we got it going. But we did it. More like the kids did it! So how did this happen. Well a bit of trouble shooting and hard work. Advice, if you are building the Rover, make sure you have a computer that can handle the Basic Micro Studio software, its needed to calibrate the Robo Claws and Motors. We are still working on turning, but we got it moving. Check out the video below.

The turning will come, once we figure out what is wrong with our settings. The Rover is unique in that has six wheels. So turning is a bit different than a normal 4 wheel turn. The wheels use Ackerman steering which takes into account “if the rover is turning, each wheel will need to spin at a slightly different rate to avoid slipping or “scrubbing”.”

AckermanAckerman Stering Geometry

It’s really interesting looking at the engineering, science and math principles used to build the rover. The next job is not only the turning but also the head. We have to figure out the connections and wiring to the head. The head contains an LED matrix 16×32 pixel display which is controlled by the Raspberry Pi.  Currently the Rover Team is working on getting both done.

Rover Head

We ended up taking part in the NC Museum of Natural Science Astronomy Weekend. Our exhibit contained the Roverto and the Mars map from the Buzz Aldrin Sharespace Foundation.  The Robotics Team and Rover Team, worked together during the day to bring STEM to all the visitors. We had 8 mini rovers, outreach robots and Roverto working all day. According to the museum we had over 14,000 people for the weekend. It was amazing weekend and our students outdid themselves. Throughout the whole weekend visitors complemented our students on their patience and work they were doing.

Our next outreach was part of the Advocacy day for the First Robotics Organization. Our job that day was to talk to NC Representatives and Senators about Robotics and its impact on education. Again another success by our Robotics and Rover Team.


7 Smart Ways To Teach With Your Blog – A.J. Juliani – Medium

​Having a blog can be like standing in a packed street corner with a megaphone. You can be as loud as you want to be, but usually…

Source: 7 Smart Ways To Teach With Your Blog – A.J. Juliani – Medium

If your wondering what to write in your new blog, check this article out. It has some great hints. The author gives some great ideas to keep in mind when writing a blog.