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New and Updated Materials for the EPA School Flag Program

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.

Are We Alone?

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.

Earth Science lecture for teachers - Chadds Ford, PA

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).

Arctic Sea Ice: The New Normal

Arctic Sea Ice: The New Normal

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?

Carbon TIME Pilot Teachers Wanted

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.

From the Ridley Creek State Park website:  "Ridley Creek State Park encompasses over 2,606 acres of Delaware County woodlands and meadows. The gently rolling terrain of the park, bisected by Ridley Creek, is only 16 miles from center city Philadelphia. Within the park boundaries was a small 18th century village, which grew up around the site of a mill. Now known as Sycamore Mills, the area had been previously named Bishop’s Mill and Providence Mill. The miller’s house, the office and library, and several small mill workers’ dwellings are currently used as private residences. The park area has been designated as the Ridley Creek State Park Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. Park property was purchased in the 1960s with Project 70 funds, and developed with Land and Water Conservation Fund moneys. Park facilities were dedicated to public use in August of 1972."

Waterfall at Sycamore Mills Dam, Ridley Creek State Park

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