---------- Hilton Pond Center - HiltonPond.org We never know what we might catch in the mist nets we use to capture birds for banding. Sometimes it's a rare warbler or a migrant thrush, but this week it was a piece of leaf and a cat. A caterpillar, that is. For a photo essay about how we identified a cat and its leafy mobile home, please visit the 8-14 September 2007 installment of "This Week at Hilton Pond" at http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek070908.html As always we include a tally of all birds banded or recaptured--the fall migrants are beginning to move through!--plus miscellaneous nature notes and a mug shot of a Northern Waterthrush. Week One of our annual hummingbird banding excursions to Costa Rica is now full and we are taking enrollment for Week Two (3-10 February 2008). See link from the current installment. ---------- NASA NASA Science News for September 26, 2007Two years ago, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft blasted a hole in Comet Tempel 1, offering researchers their first look inside a comet. One small problem: The cloud of debris was so thick no one could clearly see the crater. But now the dust has cleared and another NASA spacecraft is returning to the scene to examine the hole Deep Impact wrought.
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/26sep_next.htm?list111411 NASA Science News for September 27, 2007NASA's Dawn spacecraft has left Earth on a mission to explore the mysterious giant asteroids Ceres and Vesta. Today's Science@NASA story explains some of the scientific reasons for making the trip.
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/27sep_dawn2.htm?list111411 NASA Science News for September 28, 2007Researchers from the Marshall Space Flight Center have built a new "lunar impact" observatory in rural north Georgia. They're using it for their own cutting edge research and sharing the facility with local middle- and high-school students.
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/28sep_wco.htm?list111411 NASA Science News for October 1, 2007Earlier this year, Comet Encke was passing a little too close to the Sun when a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit the comet and ripped off its tail. NASA's STEREO spacecraft was watching and recorded a must-see movie featured in today's story.
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/01oct_encke.htm?list111411 Celebrate World Space Week 2007: 50 Years in SpaceJoin educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2007. This year's celebration commemorates the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1, marking the beginning of the Space Age. World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area, and find educational materials related to the event, visit: http://www.spaceweek.org
Join Barbara Morgan at the "Join the Journey: Celebrating Teachers" ConferenceSally Ride Science and the National Science Teachers Association, in collaboration with Northrop Grumman, invites educators to the "Join the Journey: Celebrating Teachers" conference . This two-day event will highlight the STS-118 space shuttle mission, the first spaceflight of Educator Astronaut, mission specialist Barbara Morgan. Attendees will learn about the shuttle mission's educational objectives, accomplishments and opportunities for all teachers. The conference will also include hands-on workshops, an educator street fair and a presentation by Morgan.
The conference will be held in Detroit, Mich., on Oct. 16 and 17, 2007.Please register at http://www.sallyridescience.com/conferences by Oct. 10, 2007. The registration fee for the conference is $50.
---------- NASA EDUCATION <http://www.nasa.gov/education>http://www.nasa.gov/educationThe Educational Materials section of NASA's Web site offers classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject. The following items are now available for downloading.
The Kepler Mission Star Field Lithograph is now available in the Lithographs section of the Educational Materials area. This lithograph features an image of the star field that the Kepler spacecraft will observe during its four-year mission. The back provides information about the star field.
Download the Kepler Mission Star Field Lithograph from the following location:http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Kepler_Mission_Star_Field_Lithograph.html
The What is Your Cosmic Connection to the Elements? Poster and Activity Booklet are now available in the Educational Materials area. This poster and activity booklet provide information and classroom activities on topics in astronomy, physics and chemistry. Chemistry teachers will find information about the cosmic origin of the chemical elements. The astronomy topics include the big bang, life cycles of small and large stars, supernovae, and cosmic rays. Physics teachers will find information on fusion processes, and physical principles important in stellar evolution.
Download the What is Your Cosmic Connection to the Elements? poster from the following location: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/What_Is_Your_Cosmic_Connection_Poster.html
Download the What is Your Cosmic Connection to the Elements? Activity booklet from the following location: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/What_Is_Your_Cosmic_Connection.html
Download the Strategic Coordination Framework: A Portfolio Approach brochure from the following location:
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Strategic_Coordination_Framework.html ---------- NOVA NOVA presents "Secrets of the Samurai Sword" Broadcast: Tuesday, October 9, 2007 http://www.pbs.org/nova/samurai (NOVA airs on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings as broadcast dates and times may vary. This program can be used up to one year after it is recorded off the air.) The Stuff of Metal http://www.pbs.org/nova/samurai/vinci.html Find out what metals are and why they can bend, learn the difference between hardness and toughness in metal, and discover the science of swordsmithing in this interview with materials scientist and engineer Rick Vinci. (Grades 6-8, 9-12) Way of the Warrior http://www.pbs.org/nova/samurai/way.html Read some of the principles enshrined in the samurai warrior's code of conduct, first published in the 18th century. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12) Making a Masterpiece http://www.pbs.org/nova/samurai/sword.html Follow the steps that a master Japanese swordsmith takes today to craft a traditional katana sword. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12) History of the Samurai http://www.pbs.org/nova/samurai/history.html Learn about the origin and evolution of the samurai warrior from the 8th to 20th centuries in this interactive time line. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12) Teacher's Guide http://www.pbs.org/nova/teachers/programs/3412_samurai.html In this classroom activity, students investigate the characteristics of metals and then produce and present a series of posters that outline the properties of different alloys, how these alloys are used, and how they are produced. (Grades 6-8, 9-12) Program transcript http://www.pbs.org/nova/transcripts/3412_samurai.html The site includes a complete narration for this program. --------------- FREE ED Brain: Our Sense of Self helps middle school students understand basic scientific principles related to the brain and nervous system. Five lessons examine the structure and specialized regions of the brain, its diverse functions, how the body receives and delivers information through the nervous system, factors that affect learning, and our sense of self. Interactive web activities are included. (National Institutes of Health) http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=1954 Lunar Plant Growth Chamber invites students to design chambers for growing plants on the moon. (Plants may be used to supplement meals of astronauts during space exploration.) Teacher guides include lessons on providing light and water for the plants, choosing plant species, exploring the moon, and designing, building, and evaluating plant growth chambers. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=1953