EduNews Spring 2006

Happy spring! We hope the longer days and warmer weather have you outside enjoying the sunshine and flowers. But take a moment to read this issue of EduNews for some cool ideas for activities.

Contents

1 - FAULTLINE
2 - INSTITUTE FOR INQUIRY LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE
3 - DOWNLOAD THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE VIDEO
4 - THE COALITION FOR SCIENCE AFTER SCHOOL (CSAS)
5 - HURRICANE KATRINA AND EDUNEWS

1 - FAULTLINE
http://www.exploratorium.edu/faultline/
What's there? Browse links to live earthquake data, learn which quake waves are the ones that'll really destroy a house, and find out how eating a cream-filled cookie (e.g. Oreo, Hydrox) can be like making your head into a subduction zone.

There are lots of downloadable photos, illustrations, videos, and printable PDFs, plus a series of quake-related podcasts, some featuring hands-on activities. You can compare chocolate sauce to lava rocks and answer the infamous question: Is California going to fall into the ocean?

In conjunction with the launch of the new Faultline Web site, we have our first podcast series available for free subscription! Sign up and enjoy edible geology, experience an earthquake in an outhouse, and more.

Don't know a podcast from a pea pod? There's a podcast help page on the Faultline site at: http://www.exploratorium.edu/faultline/podcasts/podcast-help.html

2 - INSTITUTE FOR INQUIRY LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE
http://www.exploratorium.edu/IFI/
The Exploratorium's Institute for Inquiry is pleased to announce a new Web resource that enables educational professionals--including teachers, professional developers, and district administrators--to reap the benefits of our years of experience with inquiry-based education.

On the Institute for Inquiry's new site, you'll discover a variety of hard-to-find, quality resources curated for the field, including:
-A library of inquiry and education resources
-Professional-development curriculum on science inquiry
-Information about Institute for Inquiry workshops
-and more

3 - DOWNLOAD THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE VIDEO
http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/2006/
Get a downloadable video of the March 29 total solar eclipse, filmed by our crew in Turkey, for your iPod or computer. Running time is 4:43 minutes and the cost is only $1.99. You can pay for the video via PayPal.

4 - THE COALITION FOR SCIENCE AFTER SCHOOL (CSAS)
http://www.exploratorium.edu/csas/
The Coalition for Science After School is a group of 50 leaders from youth development, science learning, and educational development organizations. The Coalition is committed to increasing and improving opportunities for children to learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in after-school programs.

The Coalition is building a broad-based network of leading organizations that are committed to child-centered, standards-based science learning experiences for underserved youth. These efforts are intended to build students' science engagement, understanding, and skills, and ultimately to help them successfully follow academic and career paths in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

5 - HURRICANE KATRINA AND EDUNEWS
Hello,
My name is Craig Howat and I am a teacher in Louisiana. For my entire teaching career (11 years) I have taught in schools that struggle with generational poverty. Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Katrina we lost our "living science" lab at our campus. We are currently in the process of rebuilding it. The 3rd - 5th grade students just finished a participatory design workshop with Laura Kurgan, a professor of architecture from Columbia University in New York. She will take the students vision and incorporate it into the building. The students are involved in every step of the process from planning and design to fundraising and marketing. The students recently finished working with high school students from the local "high tech" high school to create a DVD, logo and website. We have also received ideas and inspiration from parents, admin. , teachers, community members and local industry. What was once a naive goal of developing a state of the art elementary science and technology lab (and a healing process for the kids) is one step closer to becoming reality! I would love to share our story with the Exploratorium and perhaps drum up some needed publicity for educating at-risk students through hands-on engagement but primarily to spread some good news about the rebuilding of Louisiana. Please let me know if you have any further comments or questions and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Craig

Craig Howat
Teacher Facilitator of Technology
Luling Elementary School

Craig came by the Exploratorium booth at the NSTA Conference in Anaheim to introduce himself. It was good to meet him in person. Thanks, Craig, for sharing some positive news about science education and Hurricane Katrina.

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