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Scientists Test Mars Spacesuit By Climbing a Glacier in Iceland | Space

Explorers tested Mars tech on Earth.

Source: Scientists Test Mars Spacesuit By Climbing a Glacier in Iceland | Space


List of 500+ Fun, Cool and Interesting Words — Authentic Teacher

Originally posted on Writing for Kids (While Raising Them): All writers love language. And we especially love fun words, don’t we? Some have funky spellings, tongue-twisting turns, a satisfying “ooh”…and some sound too hilarious to be true! So I’ve put together a list of favorite fun words that I’ll add to periodically. Have fun, lexicon lovers!…

via List of 500+ Fun, Cool and Interesting Words — Authentic Teacher

This is a really cool idea, but I would put a spin on this. maybe s science spin, using science words.

We don’t know how fast the universe is expanding. Is it a crisis? | Science News

Source: We don’t know how fast the universe is expanding. Is it a crisis? | Science News

U.S. Air Force / FIRST® Leadership Experience

One day in June I received a call telling me I had been accepted to the Air Force/ First Leadership Experience. I never expected this one. My Lead mentor/coach forwarded me the information and I applied. Never thought I would get it. But I did, 24 mentors and teachers were selected out of 300 applications. The experience would take place over three days at Wright Patterson AFB  in Dayton, Ohio.

On Sunday night we were treated to a welcome dinner and also received all our little goodies. These included an awesome backpack, pens, coffee travel mug etc. All the things a teacher loves, right? We had a some fun while sharing our experiences with our robotics teams. It was really helpful to listen to others, and how they faced some of the same problems your team faced. At the dinner we meet Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, Major McKnight, and others. Meeting the Brigadier General was the highlight of the night, she was the first woman pilot in combat. If you want to see some cool things about her check out some of the movies on YouTube or her bio. One of the things she talked about was the need for recruits, right now all branches of the military were looking for people who just wanted to be a part of the military or people who wanted to serve in other ways, civil servants. Even if students don’t want to enlist they could still hold some awesome jobs by becoming civil servants. By supporting First Robotics and attending the competitions she was hoping to bring more awareness the the people about the Air Force. But she also discussed why were there, to learn about leadership and how we could bring this back to our teams.

On the second day we would begin our leadership experience, it started with a meeting and brief introduction with Colonel Michael Phillips, Vice Commander of the 88th Air Base Wing. Then we began our Leadership introduction, I’m not sure what else to call it, but we were introduced to Colonel Gary A Packard, Jr. Vice Dean of the Faculty at the US Air Force Academy. His talk was very enlightening and informative. Using his experiences he went over some suggestions and advice to us about how to form a “holistic” young person. He started by comparing Complicated to Complex. Complex is the skill students will need to deal with the world. Diversity is a part of the world and this country nothing will change that. As a mentor/coach we need to develop both skills. Its not our world it will be their world. Colonel Packard continued by sharing some ideas about what we could do for our team; have them experience other parts of the world. Take the students to an art museum or a music concert. Get them out of their comfort zone, this will help them see the diversity of our world. Teach critical thinking skills, this is something I really need to work on not only on my team but in class too. Challenge the status quo! There was more great advice, but these were the highlights. It was a great talk and I learned a lot from it. I do appreciate him taking the time to talk to us.

After break we came back to work with Lt. Colonel Rosenberg, he presented a variety topics, but his talk was titled “Professionalism Enhancing Human Capital”.  His first question to us is “Why do I do what I do? When you know your “why”, your what has more impact! A leader sets the tone, there are three domains of a leader’s trust technical (knowledge and proficiency), conceptual(ability to work with ideas and concepts) and human(ability to work with people).  The top 3 things that derail high potential leaders are they can’t adapt to change, inability to develop/lead teams and problems with interpersonal relationship. Once they achieve the 3 domains and show commitment, leaders will then get the loyalty and trust from their people. Instead of trust-loyalty-commitment, leaders should display commitment then loyalty and trust will follow. During his discussion he placed a ton of resources on our desks.  Here are a couple: “The Servant” James C. Hunter, “Speed in Trust” Stephen R Covey and “Turn the Ship Around” L. David Marquet. There were others but these were just a few.

To end the day we went to the auditory lab where we were able to experience some of the research being done. No pictures though. The tour was great and the people working there were great tour guides. This ended the day and we went to dinner. What was great was the sharing of ideas and suggestions everyone brought to the table. There were still two more days left for the experience and I couldn’t wait to find out what was in store for us.

AMS DataStreme Courses

American Meteorological Society DataStreme courses are great way to get some background on Atmosphere, Climate and Ocean.  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. Below is information for North Carolina Teachers, however anyone can use this information to find your LIT Mentor in your area.

DATASTREME ATMOSPHERE begins its Fall Semester on Monday, August 26th 2019.

Calling all North Carolina educators, both classroom and informal! Are you interested in adding to your curriculum to meet STEM standards? The American Meteorological Society (AMS) offers an on-line course for K-12 teachers to help you brush up on your atmospheric science. The course will increase your understanding of important earth science concepts while leveraging a dedicated mentoring team of education and scientific experts throughout the semester-long graduate courses. The mentor/coaching model allows you individual feedback on challenging material and the opportunity to leverage relationships for future collaboration

By leveraging grant funding, each DataStreme course costs participants a fraction of total tuition value of over $1900 per semester (as of spring 2019).

*2019 AMS k-12 teacher membership fee only $57/year

Academic fee covers full access to Cal U course management system and support staff

AMS fee contributes to providing course content including textbooks and lab manuals, which alone are a $144 value, and partially supports staff to administer the program

Successful participants will receive three (3) hours of graduate credit in science through California University of Pennsylvania. The main cost to you (besides the academic fee) is your time – time to complete the weekly investigations. This course will require 4 to 6 hours of focused work each week depending on your science background and experience.

DATASTREME ATMOSPHERE 1) focuses on the study of the atmosphere through the use of online data and learning materials; and 2) trains you as an Atmospheric Sciences Education Resource Teacher to promote the teaching of science, mathematics, and technology using the atmosphere as a vehicle across the K-12 curriculum in your home school district. After completion of the course, you will have access to a network of education resources to help you build atmospheric science into your curriculum.

For additional information, please visit the DATASTREME ATMOSPHERE website

  • PLEASE NOTE:  If you are interested in participating in a DataStreme course during the next academic semester (currently Fall 2019) and are not already in touch with one of our Mentor Teams, please fill out this Google Form.
  • The first day of the spring semester of DATASTREME ATMOSPHERE is Monday, August 26, 2019.

For more information, please contact Diane Ripollone



Diane Ripollone

NC Mentor Team Leader

A Step-by-Step Guide: Choice in Differentiation – A.J. JULIANI

When Khan Academy burst onto the scene my initial reaction was to laugh. What was so special about it? The more and more I thought about Khan Academy and the idea of “flipping your classroom”

Source: A Step-by-Step Guide: Choice in Differentiation – A.J. JULIANI

This article is really helpful and simple. Sometimes all the bells and whistles can make something confusing to teachers who are just starting to do something different in their class. I flip my classes and have found that one of the biggest issues addressed is differentiation. The ideas presented here are a great foundation and start for anyone who wants to implement flipping in their class. I especially like outline for a class period and the advice on assessments. Great Job by A. J. Juliani!

The Ocean on Jupiter’s Moon Europa Has Table Salt, Just Like Earth’s Seas | Space

Europa’s huge buried sea may be sodium-chloride salty, like the oceans of Earth.

Source: The Ocean on Jupiter’s Moon Europa Has Table Salt, Just Like Earth’s Seas | Space

Jupiter has become a hot bed of discoveries since the JUNO mission arrived at Jupiter on July 4th 2016. Its 3 years since its arrival and the discoveries continue to happen. Europa has now become an interest to NASA. The article has a great infographic about Europa.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe May Solve 500-Year-Old Sun Mystery | Space

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is on its way to another close encounter with the sun, where investigators hope the spacecraft will solve a long-standing solar mystery.

Source: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe May Solve 500-Year-Old Sun Mystery | Space

This will be awesome if it can answer the question. My students always ask why the Sun’s surface is cooler than its outer atmosphere.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe May Solve 500-Year-Old Sun Mystery | Space

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is on its way to another close encounter with the sun, where investigators hope the spacecraft will solve a long-standing solar mystery.

Source: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe May Solve 500-Year-Old Sun Mystery | Space

This will pretty awesome if they discover the answer. My students always ask me why the surface is cooler than the out atmosphere.