EduNews Winter 2008

It rained 22 out of 31 days in January here in the San Francisco Bay Area. The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is over 100 inches deep, which promises no drought this coming summer. Things may not be faring so well in the Polar regions, where changing conditions make life difficult for the creatures that live there. Find out more in ICE STORIES below.

Contents

1 - ICE STORIES: DISPATCHES FROM POLAR SCIENTISTS
2 - EXPLORATORIUM AT NSTA
3 - PI DAY - 20th Anniversary, Friday, March 14
4 - NSDL EXPERT VOICES

1 - ICE STORIES: DISPATCHES FROM POLAR SCIENTISTS
http://www.exploratorium.edu/poles/index.php
Meet penguin biologists, glaciologists, cosmologists, geologists, and marine scientists working in Antarctica and the Arctic. We've given them cameras and asked them to document their adventures, in real time, so you can follow their research, ask questions, and share in their discoveries as they occur. In celebration of the International Polar Year (2007-08), and with support from the National Science Foundation, this experiment, gives you an up-close-and-personal look at research in extreme environments through the thoughts and experiences of the scientists working there. We'll post their photos, videos, and blogs on this site.

The science covered by these first-hand reports is diverse and includes the geologic history of climate change, the current breeding behavior and changing demographics of Adelie penguins, the deployment of a powerful new telescope at the South Pole, the fast-evolving science of ice-sheet dynamics, and responses of a polar marine ecosystem experiencing dramatic warming.

2 - EXPLORATORIUM AT NSTA
The Exploratorium invites you to visit our Exhibit Hall booth and meet us at the annual NSTA conference in Boston, MA, March 27-29, Booth 1156. Our entertaining Teacher Institute staff will be sharing and demonstrating cool activities you can use in the classroom and at home, using simple, inexpensive materials. Extended Learning Group staff will show free online resources from the award-winning Exploratorium Web site.

3 - PI DAY - 20th Anniversary, Friday, March 14
http://www.exploratorium.edu/pi/
From San Francisco to New York, in museums, universities, classrooms, and in the privacy of one's own home, (and of course on Second Life), people are celebrating Pi. It's the 20th anniversary of the celebration of Pi Day, an international holiday that originated at San Francisco's Exploratorium.

At the Exploratorium, we'll gather around the Pi Shrine to perform pi-related rites and eat ritual food - maybe apple or pizza pie -- in honor of this special number. People will sing Pi Day songs, bead a pi string (a physical manifestation of the never-ending value of pi), and circumnavigate a pi shrine. Pi Day celebrations culminate, appropriately enough, on March 14 at 1:59 p.m. That's the third month, the fourteenth day, at 1:59 p.m., corresponding to the first 6 digits of Pi. And as an added bonus, 3/14 is also Einstein's birthday.

If you can't come to the Exploratorium, join us in Second Life or check out all the cool Pi activities, limericks, posters, and more on our Pi website.

4 - NSDL EXPERT VOICES
http://expertvoices.nsdl.org/
Expert Voices uses Weblog (blog) technology to support collaborative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) conversations among content experts, scientists, teachers, and students from key NSDL audience groups: K12 teachers, university faculty, librarians, and library builders. Moderated conversations are designed to tie NSDL resources to science news and add context for resources that enhance discovery, selection, and use.

Blog discussions include:
- Scientists who are sharing research tips that tie data collected by citizen scientists from all over the country
- Teaching and learning in "Bringing the Field to the Classroom--Birds" - In-depth STEM information about current news for teachers to use in sharing stories with their students at the "NSDL News Topic Center: Current Science Information"
- An online discussion with a publisher, a commercial search engine company representative, and video game experts about the promises and pitfalls of using new media for scholarship.

You can learn more about NSDL Expert Voices and how to participate at http://expertvoices.nsdl.org/about/.

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