Above is a depiction of the trackable objects in Low Earth Orbit (LEO is the fuzzy cloud around Earth), Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO is farther out, approximately 22,240 miles above Earth), and all points in between. Image Credit: ESA
Countries and commercial ventures have been putting spacecraft in orbit since the late 1950s. There are now more than 35,000 satellites in orbit around the Earth. So what happens to them when they no longer work? Find out at NASA Space Place: Where do old satellites go when they die?
People have always been fascinated by the stars and the heavens. You do not have to work at NASA to get a close-up look at the planets and stars. You can be your own astronomer and your own scientist, all from the comfort of your own home or backyard. Be An Astronomer Right From Your Window.
If you go out and carefully study the sky near dusk or dawn, and you have relatively dark clear skies, the odds are that you should not have to wait more than 15 minutes before you see a satellite. What is going to fly over your area in the nights ahead? Will it be a spy satellite, the International Space Station, or the Hubble Space Telescope? Enter your zip code at Satellite Flybys and find out.
Spot the Space Station will give you a list of upcoming ISS sighting opportunities for over 6,700 locations worldwide. If your specific city or town isn’t listed, pick one that is fairly close to you. The space station is visible for at least a 50 mile radius around each of the listed locations.
The Knowledge House Newsletter features a collection of articles and resources this month on Constitution Week, Film as Literature, STEM Supplies, Emergency Preparedness, and more: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/KHnews/09-2016.html
The Columbia Jewish Film Festival is seeking student filmmakers with diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a short film with the theme “Identity: It’s All About Me!” The short film competition is for high school students (grades 9-12) who are currently living in South Carolina. Last year’s winner was homeschooled. Filmmakers do not have to be Jewish to submit an entry. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st-3rd place. The deadline is midnight October 1, 2016. http://www.columbiajewishfilmfestival.com/shortfilmcompetition
Start the school year off right with these tutorials and free printables!
Your students have to come up with a paragraph or an essay, but they do not know where to begin. They do not know where to get ideas, how to formulate a plan, how to narrow down their topic, how to organize their ideas, how to write a credible paragraph, and so on. Does this sound familiar? Let’s help them!
Use the link below for a bundle of 11 complete tutorials for your 5th – 12th graders. Many of these links contain free worksheets to download.
Equip your students with the writing tools they need to be successful this year!
The National Park Service is going to be 100 years old on August 25th and you’re invited to its centennial celebration!
You and your family can commemorate the park service’s birthday by visiting one or more of our country’s national parks from August 25 through August 28. Park admission is waived at all national parks on all four days! With a national park in all 50 states, it’s easy to find a national park near you.
President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service on August 25, 1916. At that time, there were just 35 national parks and monuments. Now the National Park System has 412 parks covering more than 84 million acres.
Besides the free park admission, there are lots of special events planned for the National Park Service’s centennial celebration at parks across the country. Check with your nearest national park to see what events they have scheduled.
You can also take advantage of entrance-fee-free park days on September 24, National Public Lands Day; and November 11, Veterans Day. In addition, the National Park Service traditionally waives admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and during National Park Week in April.
All fourth-grade students in the U.S. can get a free annual pass for all national parks through the Every Kid in a Park program. The free pass is good for fourth-graders and their families. Current students can get their fourth-grade passes starting September 1.
Did You Know…? It’s not commonly known that only about a third of the 400-plus properties within the National Park system charge an entrance fee. The vast majority of National Parks do not charge any entrance fee at all. So they are free all the time!
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The comprehensive Indians of Arkansas website presented by the Arkansas Archeological Survey covers the First Encounters era to the entire sweep of Indian history pertaining to Arkansas and the Mid-South.
A primary goal of the project is to help students answer the question: How does one derive from the archeological and historical record an understanding of what happened in the past? Interactive learning exercises and writing prompts engage students in the process of learning, thereby enhancing critical thinking skills.
The learning exercises are presented in three levels of difficulty: Beginner (middle school level), Intermediate (high school level), and Advanced (college level). Most of the writing prompts are written for high school or college students, although some may be suitable as written or in modified form for younger students.