September 21st, 2014
Waning Crescent Moon

Science on a Sphere

Science on a Sphere (SOS)

(Presentations for 2013-14 school year) revised 8/27/13


















Module:              1

Name:                Sun, Earth, and Moon

Grade/Core:       PK/1

Description:       The Sun, Earth and Moon are amazing spheres. See the active surface of the sun, watch Earth’s clouds move as weather systems travel across the globe and see where astronauts have landed on the moon.


Module:               2

Name:              Earth Systems Climate Change Download outline here (pdf)

Grade/Core:      5th (II), 9th (IV)

Description:       Scientific evidence shows current and ongoing changes to Earth’s climate. We’ll explore the evidence gathered by Earth observing satellites, watch ice sheets grow and recede, and use “Carbon Tracker” and temperature and acidity models to explore changes to Earth’s climate. Students will be able to see global relationships and understand how pollution released on one area of the earth is carried and transported world-wide.


Module:           3

Name:              Earth’s Climate Download outline here (pdf)

Grade/Core:     5th (II)

Description:     Varying cloud cover, changing sea ice coverage, seasonal vegetation maps and seasonal swings in land and sea temperature and are all observable aspects of Earth’s climate. Ocean currents are driven by temperature differentials and Earth’s rotation. Examine the causes of El Niño and La Niña.


Module:             4

Name:              The Ocean Climate Connection Download outline here (pdf)

Grade/Core:      5th (II), 9th (IV), 9th (V)

Description:        Earth is unique for its oceans of liquid water. Students’ will be able to see how currents interact on a global scale, transporting heat from one region to another, becoming the circulatory system that regulates the temperature of the entire planet. Actual data from El Niño and La Niña events will be introduced.


Module:          5

Name:              Forces of Nature! Download outline here (pdf)

Grade/Core:     5th (II), 4th (II)

Description:     Explore the global conditions of hurricane/cyclone formation and movement. See how Earth’s rotation, atmospheric pressure and temperature drive the direction of these storms across the planet. Watch a global near-real time earthquake map and see how a tsunami travels across our oceans.


Module:         6

Name:              Solar System Download outline here (pdf)

Grade/Core:     6th (III)

Description:     Students will explore the Sun and  each of the planets in our solar system as amazing spherical 3-D models  High resolution images of Solar flares, planetary atmospheres and surfaces take us on an unprecedented journey that will spur many student questions.


Module:          7

Name:              Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes & Volcanoes Download outline here (pdf)

Grade/Core:     9th (III)

Description:     Earth’s shifting landmasses create and destroy seas and mountain ranges. See these plates shift on Earth’s surface over 250 million years and look at the magnitude of the latest earthquakes as we examine plate boundaries on land and deep within the oceans.


Module:          8

Name:              Earth Observing Satellites Download outline here (pdf)

Grade/Core:     6th (III)

Description:     Robotic spacecraft provide GPS, communications, satellite TV and radio, and allow us to observe our oceans and landmasses in unprecedented detail. We’ll explore satellite paths and scientific instruments, watch Earth’s surface change over time and examine Earth’s geography.


Module:          9

Name:              Sun, Earth and Moon Download outline here (pdf)

Grade/Core:     2nd and 3rd (I)

Description:     The Sun, Earth and Moon are spheres with amazing surfaces. The sun gives off light equally in all directions and the Earth and Moon are always half lit. This makes our view of the Moon change over time. A close-up view of the Moon’s surface will show off amazing craters and large “seas.”


Module:           10

Name:              Seasons Download outline here (pdf)

Grade/Core:     6th (II)

Description:     Gain a unique global perspective of Earth and how the angle of its axis is directly responsible for the seasons we experience. Dynamic changes in vegetation and ice coverage show how the different hemispheres experience opposite seasons. This is a great compliment to Skywatch II in the dome theatre.


Module:           11

Name:              Fronts and Forecasts (FAF)

Grade/Core:     4th (II)

Description:     Weather can affect every aspect of our lives. Will we have sunshine, rain or clouds? How do we know when it will be windy? By learning what processes drive weather, we can predict basic patterns that lead to forecasts. Using real-time information from weather satellites we’ll look at Earth’s weather over the course of the past month and allow students to make predictions on what the weather will be the next day.


Module:           12

Name:              Moon Phases (MPH)

Grade/Core:     6th (I)

Description:     Night to night, the Moon’s appearance changes slightly. By tracking these changes we notice that the Moon goes through a predictable cycle of phases as it orbits the Earth. Students will participate in modeling the motion of the Moon around the Earth to better understand these phases and the order in which they appear. *** Only 30 people allowed for this module.***


Module:           13

Name:              Technology in the Solar System (TSS)

Grade/Core:     6th (III)

Description:     Our understanding of solar system objects has come from decades of exploration by robotic explorers. Many of these spacecraft are still making new discoveries, while others are currently speeding towards their destinations. Students will learn about many of the spacecraft in our solar system and what technologies they use to explore the planets.


Module:           14

Name:              Destination Mars (DSM)

Grade/Core:     6th (III)

Description:     For decades Mars has captured our imaginations. Recent technologies have allowed us to start unlocking its mysteries and paving the way for future exploration. “Follow the water” is NASA’s current strategy in exploring the red planet. Students will learn about some of the strange and exciting discoveries from these incredible machines.