CYFERnet continues the “It’s a Mystery” exploration and looks at light pollution with the GLOBE at Night project. It’s a Mystery! The world turns; the sun rises. It's different every day but with a rhythm and based on science that has intrigued humans since the dawn of time.
Activity 1: Mysterious Words from the Past. What exactly is a flash in the pan, and what’s so bad about sailing close to the wind? There are forgotten meanings behind these common phrases. Activity 2: Recaptcha, Where Humans are Smarter than Computers. In this activity, you may be able to crack a code that computers haven’t: written English.
In the star lore of the Micmacs in Canada, the Big Dipper is part of the Big Bear Constellation. When Big Bear returns to the earth, hibernation season begins. Other components of the story include the three hunters chasing the bear around the sky.
More than a hundred satellites are orbiting Earth at any given time and can be seen with the naked eye. Several of them pass over you every night, wherever you are. Perhaps you’ve noticed one of these mysterious objects and wondered what it was.
If you’ve always wanted to go to infinity and beyond, here’s your chance. A free, real-time space simulation, Celestia lets you experience outer space in three dimensions. Unlike other planetarium software, the interactive program travels beyond our solar system, at any speed, at any moment in time and in any direction.
While peering through a telescope in the dead of winter has its place, there’s a simpler (and warmer) way to see the cosmos. Thanks to Stellarium, anyone can stargaze from the comfort of a computer desk.
Youth can put their “space smarts” to work with CYFERnet’s own version of the Space Week Science Challenge (originally presented by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium). Read the Mission to Mars activity guide to get started!
How do you think about the world? What dimensions or concepts are most salient? Join Jay Staker and Bob Horton for an intriguing discussion of big ideas and crosscutting concepts and the role they can play in what we observe, what we wonder about, and what we teach and learn.
This webinar addresses the topic of teens and distracted driving, exploring ways to engage and empower youth to be peer educators on this critically important issue. Approximately 24% of all crashes (1.2 million) are estimated to be caused by cell phone use while driving (National Safety Council, 2012).