This week we were excited to kick off our Virtual Class Programs! We were honored to have so many 5th grade classes from Goose Creek Elementary sign up for Mission Clamagore and ready to "see" more of our 5th grade faces! Not only that, but our Science Reader, Oscar's Adventure, is hot off the press. The history reader is following and they will be shipped to our participating schools. Equally as exciting is the kick off of The Oscar Challenge Science Kit! Hooray!
NASA's Mars Rover Perseverance just MADE HISTORY!! It successfully landed on Mars moments ago and is already sending back PICTURES! Perseverance will take many samples, not only of abiotic Martian materials like rocks and Martian soil, but scientists are hoping to find biotic materials or evidence of biotic materials as well. While at first glance Martian ecosystems are not in SC 5th grade science standards there are many connections including force and motion, biotic vs abiotic, human impacts (not contaminating outerspace with Earth microbes and materials) and soft skills including team work and communication. Learn more at nasa.gov .
The Oscar Challenge: Observe like Oscar Science Kit is an extension of the science reader, Oscar’s Adventure. The kit reinforces key math, ELA and science content through scientific observation. Created in collaboration with the College of Charleston’s Dr. Erik Sotka, students will learn to use a common scientific tool and explore relationships between sets of numbers using pollinators and producers. Kits are free of charge to eligible SC 5th grade classes. Preview the kit under our science section. A physical kit includes a durable printed set of items 1-7, string for a class of up to 30, and professional support. To receive a physical kit contact HGiddens@patriotspoint.org.
"Back to Basics" Virtual Educator Science Café
"Mixtures and Matter"
March 24, 2021 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Registration Opens: March 1, 2021
Educators and parents-turned-educators are invited to register for the March Educator Science Café, "Mixtures and Matter"! Join ocean science and space experts for an "out of this world" experience as we travel from the hydrosphere to the stratosphere and beyond to explore topics such as the four states of matter, density influences on the ocean ecosystem, and much, much more -- all from the comfort of your own home! After registration, a theme-based recipe will be sent to you that you can enjoy while we come together to learn around the virtual dinner table. This event is brought to you free-of-charge by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. Renewal credits offered. Send questions to Hannah Giddens
There is a lot on the horizon. Be on the look out:
1) Oscar's Adventure and Harry I Was?! are about to be printed and shipped!
2) Our next Virtual Educator's Science Cafe is around the corner on 3/24/2021
3) Say tuned for VIRTUAL programs and website improvements to reflect our opportunities
4) New online activities - interactive!- to support our virtual programing
5) Anyone up for the Oscar Challenge? Kits available!
And that is just the beginning!
A sense of excitement, like the night before a birthday or holiday, filled the pit of my stomach. As the countdown clock dwindled away excitement turned to honest fear. These 2 men were about to hurtle through our atmosphere on a journey never before attempted by a human. Yes, we have gone to the moon. Yes, we have sent astronauts into orbit. But this was a test flight. The SpaceX Crew Dragon had not sent humans into orbit before, and it was about "go" time.
And then there was only a minute.
The whole nation cheered, squinted, prayed, EXHALED.
Congratulations to all of the team members, from astronauts to engineers that made this happen.
As astronauts Bob and Doug are now onboard the International Space Station we have a moment to breathe until it is time for their re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.
Did you watch the launch? What did you feel?
Learn more: https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/commercial/crew/index.html
This Flashback Friday we would like to revisit some of the fun things we did on Facebook this week! Make sure you follow us there for updated content and activities in this time of "all things virtual". Take a look at our fun backyard history, science and math ideas!