NCompass Live: NASA Space Science Workshop: Explore! Jupiter's Family Secrets

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NASA and the Lunar and Planetary Institute presented a 2-day workshop in February about NASA’s Explore! module about Jupiter and upcoming Juno mission that will launch in August to explore Jupiter. Librarians and teachers were provided with hands-on activities and demonstrations developed specifically for children and teens. Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services - Nebraska Library Commission will share highlights of the workshop and Sandy Wallick, Gere Branch – Lincoln City Libraries, will tell about the Summer Reading Program events they have planned using ideas from the workshop.

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NCompass Live: NASA Space Science Workshop: Explore! Jupiter's Family Secrets

  1. 1. NCompass Live May 18, 2011Sandy Wallick, Lincoln City LibrariesSally Snyder, Nebraska Library CommissionSarah Dale, Lincoln City Libraries<br />
  2. 2. Explore! Jupiter’s Family SecretsGrand IslandFebruary 16-17, 2011<br />
  3. 3. Lunar and Planetary Institutehttp://www.lpi.usra.edu Jupiter’s Family Secrets:http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/solar_system/ NASA:http://www.nasa.gov/http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html<br />
  4. 4. Presenters in February<br />Kelliann LaConte: LPI, Houston<br />Christine Shupla: LPI, Houston<br />Dr. Michael Janssen, Pasadena, CA<br />
  5. 5. Juno<br />A spacecraft being launched in August of 2011 for a five year journey to Jupiter to learn more about the planet.<br />“In Greek and Roman mythology, Jupiter’s wife Juno peered through Jupiter’s veil of clouds to watch over her husband’s mischief,” said Professor Toby Owen, co-investigator at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. “Our Juno looks through Jupiter’s clouds to see what the planet is up to, not seeking signs of misbehavior, but searching for whispers of water, the ultimate essence of life.”<br />downloaded 5/17/11 from http://www.lpi.usra.edu/features/juno/<br />
  6. 6. Notebook<br />Most of the materials in the notebook can be found on the Jupiter’s Family Secrets web site:<br />http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/solar_system/<br />
  7. 7. Planets<br />My Very Elderly Mother Just Shot Up North Platte.<br />Mercury Jupiter Pluto<br /> Venus Saturn<br /> Earth Uranus<br /> Mars Neptune<br />My Very Elderly Mother Just Shot Up Norfolk.<br />
  8. 8. Chapter 4<br />Jump Start: Jupiter!<br />Jump to Jupiter<br />Planet Party<br />
  9. 9. Jump Start: Jupiter!<br />This first part is a general overview of the bodies in our solar system. <br />Essentially the kids are split up and given each one body to research, then create a poster with some basic info.<br />At the end, kids are introduced to the Juno mission – when it will take off, and that it is going to study not only Jupiter, but also the history of the whole solar system.<br />NASA provides pictures, a bibliography, shopping lists for craft supplies, and an outline for suggested activities – as well as additional background reading for the facilitator<br />The Journal referenced in this part is an overview that has activities for each subsequent chapter in the book. Almost a textbook for the kids throughout the entire unit.<br />
  10. 10. Jupiter’s Family Secrets:http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/solar_system/ Jump Start Jupiter:http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/solar_system/activities/jumpStart/<br />
  11. 11. Jump to Jupiter<br />The idea here is to bring to life the actual size and scale of our solar system<br />Each planet is represented in “actual size” by items ranging in size from a grapefruit to a poppy seed, and placed on a sign post at a scaled distance from the “sun”. <br />I plan to create this path starting at Gere, and walking with the kids as far as the inner planets – the outer planets will be on their own, with Pluto being equivalent to The Mill (where I will be headed after work for a cuppa– and anyone who joins me will be welcomed with smiles and conversations of space.)<br />
  12. 12. Jupiter’s Family Secrets:http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/solar_system/ Jump to Jupiter:http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/solar_system/activities/familyOfPlanets/jumpJupiter/<br />
  13. 13. Planet Party<br />Take the kids outside – either with naked eye or binoculars or get the help of a local astronomy club & LOOK UP!<br />NASA has provided us with great resources – maps, things to look for, ideas for additional discussion while kids look, lists of Astronomy clubs in Nebraska & Kansas<br />
  14. 14. Look to the moon, stars, and planets<br />
  15. 15. Community Resources in Kansas and Nebraska<br />The list of contact information below appeared to be accurate, based on Internet research, as <br />of February 2011. The Lunar and Planetary Institute provides this list as a service to workshop participants and does not endorse the individuals or organizations listed below. You are encouraged to contact these resources and determine how best to utilize them in your own programs<br />Northeast Kansas Amateur<br />Astronomers' League, Inc.<br />P.O. Box 951<br />Topeka, KS 66601<br />http://nekaal.org<br />Omaha Astronomical Society<br />PO Box 6257<br />Omaha, NE 68106<br />http://www.omahaastro.com<br />Panhandle Astronomy Club<br />P.O. Box 987<br />Scottsbluff, NE 69361<br />http://www.panhandleastronomyclub.com/<br />Platte Valley Astronomical Observers<br />Seven Hills Observatory<br />4711 Heather Lane<br />Kearney, NE 68845<br />http://www.pvao.us/<br />Salina Astronomy Club<br />Peters Science Hall<br />Kansas Wesleyan University<br />100 E. Claflin<br />Salina, KS 67401<br />http://ww.orgsites.com/ks/salina-astronomy-club/<br />The Prairie Astronomy Club<br />P. O. Box 5585<br />Lincoln, NE 68505-5585<br />http://www.prairieastronomyclub.org<br />Astronomy Clubs<br />Astronomy Associates of Lawrence<br />c/o: The KU Physics and Astronomy Dept.<br />1251 Wescoe Hall Drive<br />Room 1082 Malott<br />Lawrence, KS 66045<br />http://groups.ku.edu/~astronomy/index.html<br />Astronomical Society of Kansas City<br />Kansas City, MO<br />http ://www.askonline.org<br />Kansas Astronomical Observers<br />1010 Inverness Road<br />Wichita, KS 67218<br />http://members.cox.net/jerrytimmons/KAO.html<br />Nebraska Star Party, Inc.<br />PO Box 540307<br />Omaha, NE 68154-0307<br />http://www.nebraskastarparty.org/index.html<br />North Central Kansas Astronomical<br />Society<br />3711 Birch CT<br />Manhattan, KS 66503<br />info@nckas.org<br />http://www.nckas.org<br />
  16. 16. Museums and Planetariums<br />Chadron State College planetarium<br />Dept. of Physical and Life Sciences<br />1000 Main Street<br />Chadron, NE 69337<br />http://www.csc.edu/sci/planetarium/<br />Edgerton Explorit Center<br />208 16th Street<br />Aurora, NE 68818<br />http://www.edgerton.org<br />Exploration Place<br />300 N. Mclean Blvd.<br />Wichita, KS 67203<br />phone: (316) 660-0600<br />fax: (316) 660-0670<br />http://www.exploration.org<br />Fred G. Dale Planetarium<br />Wayne State College<br />1111 Main St.<br />Wayne, NE 68787<br />http://www.wsc.edu/planetarium/<br />Hastings Museum of Natural &<br />Cultural History<br />1330 N. Burlington Ave.<br />Hastings, NE 68901<br />http://www.hastingsmuseum.org/index.htm<br />Kansas Cosmosphere and Space<br />Center<br />1100 North Plum<br />Hutchinson, KS 67501-1418<br />800.397.0330<br />http://www.cosmo.org/<br />L. Russell Kelce Planetarium<br />Pittsburg State University<br />1701 South Broadway<br />Pittsburg, KS 66762<br />http://www.pittstate.edu/department/physics/kelce-planetarium.dot<br />Lueninghoener Planetarium<br />Midland Lutheran College<br />900 N. Clarkson St.<br />Fremont, NE 68025<br />http://www.midlandu.edu/planetarium<br />Mallory Kountze Planetarium<br />University of Nebraska at Omaha<br />Department of Physics<br />Durham Science Center<br />6001 Dodge St.<br />Omaha, NE 68182-0266<br />http://www.physics.unomaha.edu/planet/<br />Mueller Planetarium<br />210 Morrill Hall<br />University of Nebraska-Lincoln<br />Lincoln, NE 68588-0375<br />http://www.spacelaser.com<br />North Platte Area Children's Museum<br />314 North Jeffers<br />North Platte, NE 69101<br />308-532-3s12<br />info@NPChildrensMuseum.com<br />http://www.npchildrensmuseum.com<br />Omaha Children's Museum<br />500 South 20th Street<br />Omaha, NE 68102<br />http://www.ocm.org/general.aspx<br />
  17. 17. Museums and Planetariums<br />Strategic Air and Space Museum<br />28210 west Park Highway<br />Ashland, NE 68003<br />http://www.sasmuseum.com/<br />Union Station<br />30 W. Pershing Rd.<br />Kansas City, MO 64180<br />http://www.unionstation.org/<br />University of Nebraska at Kearney Planetarium<br />Department of Physics & Physical Science<br />905 West 25th Street<br />Kearney, NE 68849<br />http://www.unk.edu/academics/physics/UNK_Planetarium_Observatory<br />University of Nebraska State Museum<br />Lincoln, NE 68588-0338<br />(402) 472-2642<br />http://www-museum.unl.edu/index.html<br />Washburn University Planetarium<br />Department of Physics & Astronomy<br />1700 College Ave.<br />Topeka, KS 66621<br />http://www.washburn.edu/cas/physics/spitz.html<br />Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City<br />5700 King<br />Shawnee, KS 66203<br />http://www.wonderscope.org<br />NASA Educator Resource Centers<br />Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center<br />NASA Educator Resource Center<br />1100 N. Plum St.<br />Hutchinson, KS 67501-1499<br />http://www.cosmo.org/education.cfm<br />University of Nebraska at Omaha<br />Department of Physics<br />Durham Science Center<br />6001 Dodge St.<br />Omaha, NE 68182-0266<br />http://www.physics.unomaha.edu/<br />National Space Grant College and <br />Fellowship Program<br />Kansas Space Grant Consortium<br />Wichita State University<br />113 Wallace Hall<br />1845 Fairmount<br />Wichita, KS 67260-0044<br />http://wwwnasainkansas.org/SPACE_GRANT.html<br />Nebraska Space Grant Consortium<br />University of Nebraska – Omaha<br />6001 Dodge Street<br />Omaha, NE 68182<br />http://ne.spacegrant.org<br />
  18. 18. Observatories<br />Behlen Observatory<br />Univ. Of Nebraska Lincoln<br />Agricultural Research and Development Center<br />Near Mead, NE<br />http://astro.unl.edu/observatory/bgeninfo.html<br />Clyde Sachtleben Observatory<br />Hastings College<br />710 N. Turner<br />Hastings, NE 68901<br />http://www.hastings.edu/igsbase/igstemplate.cfm/SRC=DB/SRCN=GnavID=170<br />Clyde W. Tombaugh Observatory<br />The University of Kansas<br />Dept. of Physics and Astronomy<br />Lawrence, KS 66045<br />(785) 864-3506<br />http://www.kuinfo.ku.edu/~kuinfo/cgi-bin/info.shtml?p+q&id+3862<br />And<br />http://groups.ku.edu/~astronomy/page/facilities.html<br />
  19. 19. Dr. Michael Janssen<br />Hydrogen and helium are the main gases that compose Jupiter. Very high pressure inside Jupiter forms metallic hydrogen. We believe a rocky core is at the very center of the planet. <br />He and his team developed a process to investigate the gases, their microwave radiometer experiment will be on Juno to (we hope) discover what is there. It will explore the outer level of Jupiter, measuring thermal power and the magnetic field.<br />
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  21. 21. Chapter 6:Investigating the Insides<br />Fill some dark, extra large balloons with air, and also something else (water, or a magnet, or beads, etc). The children are challenged to discover if anything might be inside (besides air) without bursting the balloon. They can use compasses, magnets, paper clips and other items listed. <br />This mimics how scientists study planets.<br />
  22. 22. Chapter 8:Big Kid on the Block<br />Three activities for ages 10-13 are included:<br />“Solar System in My Neighborhood” – children determine the spacing of the solar system with a map of the town. Use the “Planet Labels” to help with the distances.<br />
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  24. 24. Chapter 8:Big Kid on the Block<br />“Dunking the Planets” – use food for the planets, dunk them in water and explore density.<br />Mass – how many atoms (or matter (stuff) ) you have – does not change<br />Weight – how much your stuff is pulled (gravity) – changes (you are lighter on the moon)<br />Density – mass divided by the amount of space<br />
  25. 25. Chapter 8:Big Kid on the Block<br />“Heavyweight Champion: Jupiter” (do it last!)<br />Using three (or more) scales (with dials), the children weigh themselves to learn what they would weigh on three (or more) different planets. <br />They tell you how to do this.<br />
  26. 26. Making it Work for You:<br /><ul><li>Take some time to look through the activities on the web page. All the planning has been done. Yea!</li></ul>b Invite a local science teacher, an astronomy fan, or enthusiastic adult to help you.<br />
  27. 27. b Choose the activities you feel will best work with the age group you plan to involve, and with the time you have. b Have fun! If you don’t know the answer, don’t stress, you’ll find it sooner or later. <br />
  28. 28. Remember, in five years you can have another Juno party. Hopefully it will have arrived at Jupiter!<br />
  29. 29. Questions?<br />
  30. 30. Contact Information<br />Sandy Wallick, Lincoln City Libraries:<br />s.wallick@lincolnlibraries.org<br />Sally Snyder: Nebraska Library Commission<br />sally.snyder@nebraska.gov<br />Sarah Dale, Lincoln City Libraries:<br />s.dale@lincolnlibraries.org<br />
  31. 31. Thank you!<br />

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