EduNews Summer 2004

Contents

1 - TRANSIT OF VENUS
2 - IRON SCIENCE TEACHER: AN OFFBEAT SCIENCE COMPETITION FOR TEACHERS
3 - TINKERING! CABARET MECHANICAL THEATRE
4 - MICROSCOPE IMAGING STATION
5 - FEATURED PATHWAY: MAGNETISM
6 - EXPLORATORIUM GARNERS FIFTH WEBBY AWARD
7 - TREASURES FROM K-12 INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA CENTER: MARINE WORLDS

1 - TRANSIT OF VENUS
http://www.exploratorium.edu/venus/index.html
See the Webcast and online resources for the rarest of all eclipses. On June 8, 2004, Venus moved across the sun, an astronomical event that last occurred in 1882! Our own Linda Shore reported live from Greece during the first and second contacts. Paul Doherty was the host at the museum, where he discussed the transit as well as celestial mechanics. Eric Muller and Tory Brady assisted Paul with various activities, such as the "Walkaround Orrery." Intrigued to learn more? Check out Paul's Web site at or the Transit of Venus Web site at

2 - IRON SCIENCE TEACHER: AN OFFBEAT SCIENCE COMPETITION FOR TEACHERS
http://www.exploratorium.edu/iron_science/
Zany teachers. Odd ingredients. Our summer blockbuster is back! Iron Science Teacher is a wacky, science experiment cook-off, where teachers compete live at the Exploratorium and are simultaneously Webcast around the world. Science teachers have ten minutes to concoct a science activity that can be used in the classroom. In a fast-paced atmosphere before a live audience, where showmanship and creativity reign, as many as fifteen teachers will compete for the title of "Iron Science Teacher" on the following Fridays: July 2, 9, 16, 23, and August 16 and 13, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. PDT. If you miss a live Webcast, you'll still be able to see it (and others) in the Webcast archives.

3 - TINKERING! CABARET MECHANICAL THEATRE
http://www.exploratorium.edu/pr/documents/04-7Tinkering!.html
July 2 through October 3
Don't miss the US premiere of a humorous, whimsical exhibition of hand-carved, moving sculptures made alive through the aid of hand cranks, pulleys, and gears. Cabaret Mechanical Theatre's unique collections are part machine, part theater. Like actors on a stage, these automata "perform" scenes that are delightful and humorous. Developed in the UK, their wooden, folk art-style craftsmanship, their lifelike gestures, and their mechanical, exposed underpinnings are compelling. To enjoy the virtual exhibition, go to http://www.cabaret.co.uk/vrexs.htm

4 - MICROSCOPE IMAGING STATION
http://www.exploratorium.edu/imaging_station/
The Exploratorium is currently developing a Microscope Imaging Station that gives visitors a unique opportunity to control research-grade microscopes and view stunning images of biological processes. This facility uses the highest-quality optics and current microscopy techniques, including biological staining and time-lapse recording. The Station provides access to a broad variety of living specimens fundamental to developmental and cell biology and health-related research. Once fully operational, this facility will also provide online access to the Station's video imagery, but you can take a look online now at the development of a sea urchin, a frog, and zebrafish.

5 - FEATURED PATHWAY: MAGNETISM
http://www.exploratorium.edu/pathways/guided/magnets_teacher.html
There's something almost magical about a magnet. A magnet creates a magnetic field that pushes and pulls through thin air, acting with a strong invisible power. Though magnetic fields are invisible, you can see their effect on iron filings, compass needles, and other magnets. Pathways are collections of support and assessment materials for teachers who bring their students to the Exploratorium. However, the principles in the Pathways can also be used with our Online Snacks, scaled-down versions of our museum exhibits: . See the Snacks on magnetism at . Each Pathway has two versions: one for teachers and one for students. The teacher version includes links to state science standards and provides additional support materials, as well as sample answers to the worksheet questions.

6 - EXPLORATORIUM GARNERS FIFTH WEBBY AWARD
http://www.webbyawards.com/main/webby_awards/winner_list.html
The Exploratorium received the "Best Science Website" honor at the eighth annual Webby Awards. This is the Exploratorium's fifth Webby, four in science and one in education, since the Webby Awards were founded in 1997 to recognize the best of the World Wide Web. With over twenty million visitors a year, the museum's Web site is as fun and thought-provoking as a trip to the Exploratorium itself.

7 - TREASURES FROM K-12 INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA CENTER: MARINE WORLDS
http://www.k12imc.org/pg1142.cfm
World famous institutions such as the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Woods Hole, and others provide landlubbers with the opportunity to visit the world of life beneath our oceans, without getting wet. Lesson plans, activities, images, and more will bring the ocean into your classroom.

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