Check out some of my blog posts from the NASA All-Stars Summer Program.
July 29, 2014
NASA All-Stars Summer program is an adventure!
There is an old saying, 'You learn something new every day." Well, that statement is so true. Today my colleague Ms Wetzel had a interesting conversation with NASA All-Stars program director, Dr. Don York, about citations. During this conversation she learned something very interesting: Astronomers use their own citation style. Yes, there is a citation style used specifically by Astronomers! Interesting right? After a little research, she found the American Astronomical Society's website and found a guide sheet to assist the students with their citations.
The video below is a short iMovie I created that kind of represents the type of day we had. It's just for fun!
By the way, since I'm on the topic of citations, here's a cool article about citing Tweets posted on Twitter I found a couple of months ago:
'How to Cite Tweets in an Academic Paper'
MLA and APA prepare for the future of the academic citation.
AAS Journal Reference Instructions | American Astronomical Society
July 28, 2014
Check out my Animoto short video about Quasars
July 25, 2014
What an experience!
Yesterday the NASA All Stars participants visited The Regenstein Library on the University of Chicago Campus. I had the opportunity to read a first edition and rare book called, 'Sidereus Nucius' (Starry Messenger) by Galileo. This book was published in 1610!
During the NASA All-Stars Summer program, the librarians had the opportunity to give a presentation about research and citing sources. I shared two slides with the attendees that I also use when I give library orientation for my students every year during orientation. The message really resonated with the program attendees, because they couldn't believe that this happened! Now going into the last week of the program, the students will be using these skills learned to create their final project, a digital poster answering the question: What percentage of galaxies have Black Holes? How many galaxies have Quasars?
July 24, 2014
This has been a busy summer! As soon as I returned from the Mouse Squad Mozilla Webmaker Summer Institute I began a new adventure.NASA All-Star Program this summer at the University of Chicago. This program brings together earth/space, astronomy, and physics teachers and their students in a peer-led professional development workshop on Multiwavelength Astronomy. I am one of three CPS librarians that is participating in this program.
This is a wonderful opportunity for me to introduce astronomy topics into library curriculum as well as data literacy, and provide a basis for some great collaborations with classroom teachers. Participants use the Multiwavelength Astronomy website which has a wealth of stories on the history, science, tools, and impact of astronomy based on interviews with pioneering scientists. The most exciting aspect of this program is carrying out an authentic, astronomical research project using NASA Mission Data and data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Here are some pictures from the first week of the program.
|We made a Spectroscope|
|NASA All-Stars Program librarians hold the SDSS Plate|
July 11, 2014
|Early morning selfie|
|Mouse Squad I.D.|
|I coded this meme!|
|I can't wait to show my students how to use Mozilla PopcornMaker|
|Group share out time.|
|I need more practice using Thimble!|
I'm sitting in a training session today and received good news from my student. I just love how my female students have embraced technology. This is going to be a really cool year.