EduNews Fall 2005

Happy fall! Here are some great resources to explore. Travel to another planet, learn about the physics of cooking, find useful digital resources, discover Dr. Atomic, and do some holiday shopping.

Contents

1 - EXPLORATORIUM DIGITAL LIBRARY
2 - VOYAGE TO EPSILON ERIDANI 3
3 - SCIENCE OF COOKING: TURKEY
4 - DR. ATOMIC
5 - LET YOUR FINGERS (UH, MAKE THAT MOUSE) DO THE WALKING
6 - ARCHAEOLOGY: VRML AND VR AND REMOTE SENSING: CLASSROOM TREASURES FROM THE K-12 INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA CENTER

1 - EXPLORATORIUM DIGITAL LIBRARY
http://www.exploratorium.edu/educate/dl.html
Our Digital Library is a collection of learning activities and teaching resources for learners and educators. The different collections in the library include digital media and digitized museum materials related to interactive exhibits and scientific phenomena, including images, educational activities in PDF and HTML formats, QuickTime movies, streaming media, and audio files. You may search, select, and download digital files for individual, noncommercial educational use.

2 - VOYAGE TO EPSILON ERIDANI 3
http://www.exploratorium.edu/relativity/index.html
The Exploratorium is throwing a party to celebrate Einstein's 1905 Special Theory of Relativity and you're invited. The catch is that the party is on Epsilon Eridani 3 (10 light years away). Your mission is to arrive in time for the party in your own spaceship without exceeding your fuel allotment. See if you can do it. Observe the effects of special relativity as you travel near the speed of light!

3 - SCIENCE OF COOKING: TURKEY
http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/turkey/
Yes, it's holiday time again and many of us may cook a turkey. How long do you cook your turkey? Since a 20-pound turkey is twice the size of a 10-pound bird, at first the answer might seem obvious: simply double the cooking time suggested for a 10-pound turkey. But is that really the right thing to do? Find out as you explore the physics of cooking.

4 - DR. ATOMIC
http://www.doctor-atomic.com/
Dr. Atomic, an opera in two acts, recently had its world premiere at the San Francisco Opera. It's July 1945. The war is in its final, terrible phase. Germany has surrendered but Japan has not. In the New Mexico desert, a group of young physicists, handpicked and led by the brilliant J. Robert Oppenheimer, have labored furiously in a race against Hitler to develop the world's first atomic bomb. Now, in the hours before the test explosion, they are confronted with the moral crisis of its inevitable use on Japanese citizens.

What is the connection of Dr. Atomic with the Exploratorium? We chose to work with the San Francisco Opera to contextualize this event because it involves scientific discovery and the roles of science and
scientists in society. We also have a deeper relationship with this opera as well. Physicist Frank Oppenheimer, founder of the Exploratorium, was the younger brother of J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of Los Alamos laboratory where the first bombs were designed and built. Frank worked alongside his brother. Find out more about this connection, the opera and Frank at
http://www.exploratorium.edu/doctoratomic/
and
http://www.exploratorium.edu/frank/

5 - LET YOUR FINGERS (UH, MAKE THAT MOUSE) DO THE WALKING
http://www.exploratoriumstore.com/
The holidays will soon be here. It's easy to shop online at the Exploratorium Store, where you'll find quality gifts for every age. Whether it's games, gadgets, books, or mind benders, you'll be sure to find something. And you won't need to leave the comfort of your home or office to do so.

6 - ARCHAEOLOGY: VRML AND VR AND REMOTE SENSING: CLASSROOM TREASURES FROM THE K-12 INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA CENTER
http://www.k12imc.org/pg1270.cfm
Remote-sensing tools reveal the mysteries of archaeology online. Take a virtual trip to Egypt, Stonehenge, Catalhoyuk, the Anasazi communities, and more using 3D and other cool technologies

footer