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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
Watch a preview, then find the entire program online after the
broadcast date. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Anatomy of the Punt Ship
Click on parts of the reconstructed vessel and see how they compare
to archeological finds. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Where is Punt?
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
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
Examine a masterpiece of ancient shipbuilding found a half century
ago buried beside the Great Pyramid. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Media-Rich Lesson Ideas from NOVA
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
The transcript is usually available one to three weeks after the
original broadcast date.

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Other NOVA Resources

Secret Life of Scientists: Dava Newman
(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
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)



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 

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 
 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 


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.

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