August 5th, 2015
Waning Gibbous Moon

Science on a Sphere

Science on a Sphere (SOS)

(Presentations for 2014-15 school year) revised 10/13/14

Module:               1
Name:                  Exploring Earth (EXE)
Grade/Core:      K-2 (III)
Description:        We will explore Earths changing seasons and use maps and basic models to better understand our place on Earth.

Module:              2
Name:                Sun, Earth, and Moon (SEM-K2)
Grade/Core:       K-2 (3/I)
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:          3
Name:              Sun, Earth and Moon (SEM)
Grade/Core:     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:          4
Name:              Extreme Weather (EXW)
Grade/Core:     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:           5
Name:              Water and the Weather (WAW)
Grade/Core:     4th (II)
Description:     As temperatures drive water to evaporate, vapor in the air is driven by winds and can form a variety of clouds that form part of our weather. Students will get the chance to see a variety of these cloud types and how they move over time.

Module:          6
Name:              Earth’s Changing Surface (ECS-5)
Grade/Core:     5th (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:           7
Name:              Seasons (SNS)
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:         8
Name:              Solar System (SS)
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:           9
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:           10
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.

Module:               11
Name:                  Year of Discovery (YOD)
Grade/Core:      6th (III); General Public
Description:        The 2014-2015 year marks an incredible period of discovery within the Solar System. Starting with MAVEN’s arrival at Mars in September, Dawn will reach Ceres in February, culminating with the arrival of New Horizons at Pluto in July. All three missions will be investigated and new information presented as each spacecraft approaches and arrives at its destinations.

Module:               12
Name:              Earth’s Changing Climate (ECC)
Grade/Core:      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:          13
Name:              Earth’s Changing Surface (ECS-9)
Grade/Core:     9th (V)
Description:        Plate tectonics and geological changes are explored in this lesson. Students will learn how convergent and divergent boundaries are associated with these changes and the natural processes that result from them, such as volcanoes and earthquakes.

Module:               14
Name:                  Human Catastrophes (HCA)
Grade:                  9-12 (V)
Description:        Nature and mankind sometimes impact each other in catastrophic ways. We will explore some of the most devastating events from around the world as we learn how understanding global processes is important.