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This section of sciencelines will share information
about on-line resources. We'll also include information about
projects in which you and your students may want to participate.
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contact the Teacher Resource Center.
If you do not currently have access to the Internet, you do
have options. Come use the ENC Demonstration Site computers in
the Teacher Resource Center.
A2Z Science and Learning Store is available for your convenient shopping from your computer at http://www.a-two-z.com/. A2Z is organizationally and graphically enjoyable. You can use either the product index, the room index or go into the main store. You'll find many learning "toys" and books most of which are applicable to science or mathematics. Go into the "Room Index" and use the A-Z list of topics from architecture to "Z news," the newsletter. Topics include minerals, bats, yesterday (History B.C. - before computers) and many more. The newsletter for December features holiday giving topics such as gifts by denomination, safety concerns and award-winning gifts. How convenient!
You and your students can visit Mount Wilson Observatory on the forefront of observational astronomy and astrophysics in the San Gabriel Mountains outside of Pasadena, California by going to: http://www.mtwilson.edu/. In addition to the "Historical," "Science" and "What's New" segments, you can take a virtual tour of the Observatory. The tour allows you to visit buildings on the site. You can see and read about anything from the monastery and the library to the 60" telescope and snow telescope. In the education section the Telescopes in Education project has student projects at an easy intermediate and advanced level as well as a constellation quiz.
Amateur Astronomy Online is designed for "anyone who likes to gaze up at the night sky and study the heavens" and may want to move step by step into more advanced skills of observation. Links to start charts, skymaps and software for astronomical observation are just the beginning of resources at this site. References to books on astronomical observation will move you further along. Projects for learning more about the galaxies can be used by students and are designed to also show scientific process. Astrophotography is touched as well. This site is well-constructed and useful but don't expect to be current with the "Astronomy site of the day." Link to: http://ddi.digital.net/~mtmccall/.
NPR Science Friday Kids Connect will spark debates of current science issues or you may choose to use it as a source for problem-based learning. If you can use Real Audio, you can access the complete programs from past weeks. In addition, the segment titled "This week's show . . ." has a "science curriculum" which includes student questions, projects and resources that include books and Internet sites. "Science Friday" is an archive of past weeks' programs, however the "science curriculum" on some does not include the projects. Try it at: http://www.npr.org/sfkids.
Exploring the Planets Cyber-Center is a simulated research center at the National Air and Space Museum to explore the mysteries of the Solar System. Connect at: http://ceps.nasm.edu:2020/SII/SII.html. The Center is designed to allow the user to experience the excitement of planetary research and show how scientists study planets millions of miles from earth. You will find activities for the classroom here where students select images of the solar system and make observations. Questions and logs are used both before and after using the computer. Their observations are then compared to the researcher's descriptions.