EduNews Winter 2006

Can't get to Turkey for the March solar eclipse? Got a sweet tooth for chocolate? Are your doggies barking? Working with special education students? Then read on...

Contents

1 - TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE: LIVE FROM TURKEY
2 - CHOCOLATE
3 - REMARKABLE FEETS
4 - TEN COOL SITES
5 - FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS: CLASSROOM TREASURES FROM THE K-12 INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA CENTER

1 - TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE: LIVE FROM TURKEY
http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/turkey2006.html
On March 29, 2006, a total solar eclipse will occur as the moon moves directly between the earth and the sun. The moon's shadow will fall on the earth, first darkening the eastern tip of Brazil, and then moving across the Atlantic Ocean to make landfall in Ghana. It will continue moving northeast through Nigeria, Niger, Libya, and Egypt, then across the Mediterranean and into Turkey, where an Exploratorium team will be waiting.

For the fourth time, Live@Exploratorium and NASA's Sun-Earth Connection will travel into the path of totality to bring you a total solar eclipse live, in real time, via satellite and the Web. Learn more about eclipses and view archived webcasts of past eclipses at http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/index.html.

If you are near the Exploratorium, join us for our all night eclipse event beginning at 9 p.m. PST March 28 and ending at 6 a.m. PST on March 29. We'll have roving astronomers on hand to answer questions, hands-on science and astronomy activities, traditional Turkish dancers, music and crafts, Brazilian capoeira dancing and music--and more. At 2:55 a.m., weather permitting, we'll witness the moment of totality, when the moon completely blocks the sun, and the sun's glorious corona (the outer part of the sun's atmosphere) is revealed.

2 - CHOCOLATE
http://www.exploratorium.edu/exploring/exploring_chocolate/index.html
Read about the history of chocolate, follow the chocolate-making process, and take an online visit to a chocolate factory. Learn about the science of chocolate and find out about research into the possible health effects of its consumption. Explore the somewhat controversial question of why chocolate make us feel so good. Also, be sure to see an archived edition of Iron Science Teacher on chocolate: http://www.exploratorium.edu/iron_science/iron040214.ram

3 - REMARKABLE FEETS
http://www.exploratorium.edu/sports/remarkable_feets/index.html
We all know that aching feet can make our entire body feel out of whack. Our feet are a complex system of muscles, bones, and ligaments that act as springs, levers, pivots, and launching pads. Find out about these marvelous appendages and try two activities. One activity will help you determine whether your feet roll excessively from side to side as you walk, and another if your knees and hips are misaligned (and how that affects your feet).

4 - TEN COOL SITES
http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/sciencesites.html
Since 1995, the Exploratorium has encouraged our website visitors to submit suggestions for cool educational websites. Every two months, a new list of Ten Cool is created with all the older sites archived by subject. Each website has a summary of content. Topics range from art to earth sciences to K-12 resources to weather and more. Be sure to visit often to see the latest sites posted.

5 - FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS: CLASSROOM TREASURES FROM THE K-12 INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA CENTER
http://www.k12imc.org/pg114.cfm
List and summary of outstanding online resources for special educators. Includes information for teaching those with physical and learning disabilities, resources for families of these students, and information on assistive technologies.

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