Monday, August 13, 2012

The Science of Getting Kids to Eat Their Veggies

This is more of a culinary post from another blog that I contribute to called Bitchin' in the Kitchen, but I liked the results so much (of the public response to the post AND the actual food produced by following the recipe!) that I wanted to post it here.

I am totally not kidding!  Dairy free and full of green veggies.
This is a crazy recipe, but it tastes amazing!  More important for me, there's no dairy-hangover.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Teacher Bloggers: Don't be suckered by flattery: The Fascination Awards Scam

Hi teachers,  the "Fascination Awards" nominations are going around...don't get sucked in!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Teaching Tools: Astronomy Awesomeness: NASA eclipses, Moon "wobble" video, Scale of the Universe interactive

The NASA eclipse site: with thorough charts and lists of future and past lunar and solar eclipses.  Exhaustive resource.

Scale of the Universe interactive (Fantastic on a SMART board!) by the Huang twins (high school students!).  beautiful graphics and music.


Yale Peabody Fellows Institute, The Sun and Resources Continued


Below, I have links to sites and a lesson plan on charting sunspots with real SOHO data. 


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Yale-Peabody Astronomy--Day 2, Part 1: Sunspots

My head is spinning!  We learned so much today...lectures on gravity, the Sun, meteorites and meteors! Okay, one topic at a time:  Sunspots.
This is the sunspotter tool that we used today.

Today, we got a chance to practice using a Sunspotter telescope.  An ingenious tool to safely view sunspots on the surface of the sun.  The Peabody Museum has purchased a supply of these tools and as part of the Fellowship, we can borrow them for about 1 month to do sunspot investigations with our students.  You can purchase one here.  Charting sunspot locations over a period of time can be used to show that the Sun rotates, and can be used to discover the direction of rotation of the Sun.  One interesting thing that I noticed, was that the Sun moved out of the field of view unbelievably quickly!  Every couple of minutes, the Earth would rotate enough so that the image of the Sun was completely off of the viewing platform.

I was quite surprised by this, and Dr. Michael Faison, astronomy professor and Director of the Leitner Observatory and Planetarium at Yale confirmed that the Sun's apparent motion is one solar diameter approximately every 2 minutes!  Fascinating!

Right here,  you can see today's image of the Sun from  In the image, you can see many sunspots.  When we were using the Sunspotter, we could see 4 of the largest of them.

A visible light image of the sunspots from