EPA’s School Flag Program uses brightly colored flags based on the Air Quality Index (AQI) to show how clean or polluted the air is. Schools raise a flag each day that corresponds to the air quality forecast so that everyone can know what the air quality will be.
EPA has partnered with CDC to update the School Flag Program materials to provide teachers and coaches with guidance on how to promote activity while taking into account air quality.
Dr. Jill Tarter, Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI, will share the story of how the SETI community defines life, their strategies for searching for life, and the technology being used to continue the quest. As astronomers continue to find new planets around other stars and search for another Earth, Dr. Tarter points out that all of us will want to know if anybody lives on those planets, and the techniques of SETI are our only method for finding the answer to that question.
The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures, featuring noted scientists giving nontechnical illustrated lectures on recent developments in astronomy, are now available on their own YouTube Channel, at: https://www.youtube.com/user/SVAstronomyLectures
The talks include:
Spitz, Inc. is hosting a free lecture on Earth Science research and teaching, along with demonstrations of The Layered Earth and Starry Night, on Saturday, April 27, in Chadds Ford, PA. The talk will be given by Dr. Ellen Prager, marine scientist and author of Chasing Science at Sea: Racing hurricanes, stalking sharks, and living undersea with ocean experts. Please RSVP to reserve a seat for the lecture (see attached file for details).
A Google Hangout to launch a new AMNH/NOAA Data Visualization
Tuesday, April 9 @ 4–5PM EDT
Last September, sea ice in the Arctic Ocean shrank to its smallest extent on record. This frozen cover is also dramatically younger and thinner than it used to be. How does the satellite record reveal these changes? And what are the effects of sea ice loss both near and far?
Michigan State University has been developing and piloting units for learning progressions in carbon cycling and carbon transformation, and they are looking for teachers who would like to pilot the revised materials next year 2013-2014. These are for middle school and high school teachers to use with their students and include all the materials needed, three online workshops, and a stipend of $1000. Please see the attached flyer if you are interested. The materials will be available for free from the National Geographic Society website in the future.