NOVA In "Building Pharaoh's Ship," NOVA searches for answers to the long-debated question and tantalizing archaeological mystery: Were the ancient Egyptians a seafaring people? Did the ancient Egyptians, who built elaborate barges to sail down the Nile, also have the expertise to embark on a long sea voyage? Follow a team of archeologists and boat builders as they reconstruct a mighty vessel depicted in an ancient Egyptian wall carving and then finally launch it on the Red Sea on a unique voyage of discovery. Here is what you'll find online: Watch Online http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pharaoh/ Watch a preview, then find the entire program online after the broadcast date. (Grades 6-8, 9-12) Anatomy of the Punt Ship http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pharaoh/anatomy.html Click on parts of the reconstructed vessel and see how they compare to archeological finds. (Grades 6-8, 9-12) Where is Punt? http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pharaoh/punt.html Despite heaps of evidence and decades of debate, scholars are not certain where or even what Punt was. Why? (Grades 9-12) The Expedition to Punt http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pharaoh/expedition.html Follow an Egyptian pharaoh's journey to the fabled Land of Punt, as chronicled in an ancient wall carving. (Grades 6-8, 9-12) Explore a Pharaoh's Boat http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pharaoh/explore.html Examine a masterpiece of ancient shipbuilding found a half century ago buried beside the Great Pyramid. (Grades 6-8, 9-12) NEW! Media-Rich Lesson Ideas from NOVA http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/lessonideas/3702_pharaoh.html NOVA is delighted to bring an exciting new way to engage your students in the wonders of science. These media-rich lesson ideas help you navigate the myriad resources on the NOVA website and integrate NOVA video, interactive features, lessons, and much more into your science or social studies classroom. Check out the lesson ideas for "Building Pharaoh's Ship" Program Transcript http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/transcripts/3702_pharaoh.html The transcript is usually available one to three weeks after the original broadcast date. * * * * * * * * Other NOVA Resources Secret Life of Scientists: Dava Newman http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/secretlife/ (Available Friday, January 8) MIT's Dava Newman develops ergonomic space suits for NASA and travels the world in her sailboat. Have your students send in questions for Dava to answer. Open Call: Life Stories http://thewgbhlab.org/nova-splash Students can make 3-minute videos, submitted by their teachers, that present their own compelling perspectives or "Life Stories" on the theme: "What do you see when you look at life?" Selected submissions may appear online and on air. (Grades 9-12) -- NASA Eyes in the Sky II Seeks Grade 9 to 12 Science Teachers Eyes in the Sky II is a long-term professional development program that prepares high school science teachers to use NASA data and visualizations along with other geospatial information technologies. Throughout the program, teachers and students investigate both global and local environmental issues. The program includes four parts: 1) a 12-week online Web course, consisting of three 4-week modules; 2) a 7-day face-to-face summer workshop held onsite at a NASA research center; 3) one year of classroom implementation, ending with a virtual student showcase; and 4) an ambassador program for providing professional development for other teachers in participants' schools or districts. Through participating, teachers will: 1) become proficient using NASA data and geospatial analysis tools; 2) receive a $1000 stipend for completing the online course and the 7-day summer workshop; 3) receive an additional $1000 stipend as compensation for delivering professional development as an Eyes in the Sky II Ambassador; 4) equip their students with geospatial technology skills that are in increasing demand in the workplace; and 5) obtain optional graduate credit through Northern Arizona University. Applications are due by Jan. 15, 2010. For more information about the Eyes in the Sky II program and to apply online, visit <http://serc.carleton.edu/eyesinthesky2/index.html>http://serc.carleton.edu/eyesinthesky2/index.html. As there are a limited number of openings available, first consideration will be given to early applicants. Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Carla McAuliffe (<mailto:Carla_McAuliffe@xxxxxxxx>Carla_McAuliffe@xxxxxxxx) or Erin Bardar (<mailto:Erin_Bardar@xxxxxxxx>Erin_Bardar@xxxxxxxx). -- Hilton Pond 12/22/09 (Christmas Bird Count) As the holiday season arrives, we're always involved in compiling results of the York/Rock Hill Christmas Bird Count, so that's the topic of the 22-28 December 2009 installment of "This Week at Hilton Pond." Our final numbers weren't all that great, but we did manage to get a few photos of birds we observed--including a close-up image of an adult Red-shouldered Hawk. To view the photo essay, please visit <<http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek091222.html>> and then scroll down for our usual list of banded birds and miscellaneous notes, this time about bird scarcity and torrential rains.