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SciJinks for Kids: Wild Weather

SciJinks volcanoFrom tidal curiosities and solar flares to bad weather jokes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s SciJinks website offers a wealth of resources for learning and teaching about Earth’s climate and geography.

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Resource: Classroom on the Moon

GRAILNASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission will launch twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the Moon to measure its gravity in unprecedented detail and create a gravitational map. GRAIL MoonKAM will allow classrooms to request pictures of the lunar surface from cameras on the twin satellites.

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Feature: Unlimited Space

Aerospace - First Zero G2Many kids dream of exploring space, but few get much further than their schoolyards. This is not true of students in Tekna-Theos, a Florida after-school program bursting with science activities and contests. They’ve set their sights high, designing and building mini-satellites and preparing a payload to test the effect of weightlessness on bone cells. Some have actually experienced “Zero-G.”

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Teacher Program: Space Institute, NYC, Feb. 17-19, 2010


In this 3-day professional development institute at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, middle and high school teachers engage with a global gravity data set to understand how water distribution across the globe is affected by climate change, and learn how NASA scientists gather and interpret data. Dates: Feb. 17, 18, 19, 2010; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Application deadline: Jan. 12.

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