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Monday, April 14, 2014

Lunar Eclipse tonight!

“The total eclipse phase begins at 1:07 a.m. Tuesday, April 15. The moon will be completely darkened by the Earth’s shadow from 1:46 to 2:25 a.m. Tuesday morning and the eclipse will be finished at 3:33 a.m.”


From 1:07 to 2:25 AM, (the darkest time occurring at 1:46 a.m.) the moon will appear dark red-orange.  It will appear darkest at 1:46 AM.


Also, while the conspicuous partial phase (with the moon missing a “bite”) ends at 3:33 AM, the moon will still be in the earth’s partial (penumbral) shadow for the next hour, during which time it will appear slightly darker than normal along its right edge, less so as it moves out of the penumbra, and will be completely out of the penumbra by 4:39 AM (although most people won’t notice anything unusual about its appearance after 4:00 AM or so, since the amount of shading will be so slight).


Here’s a graphic that may make it clearer.  Note that all times are MDT, and the moon moves from right to left over the course of the night:


Friday, April 11, 2014

TOMORROW is the ISU Science and Engineering Festival!!

Wow!!  I just found out about this and the cool part is that we will be in Pocatello tomorrow so we can go between volleyball games!!  Awesome!

It was really fun.  Ellie wanted to go back after the tournament because we didn't get to do everything!

Our favorites were the kite station and the stomp rockets.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Girl Scout STEM Smart Day Camp

I found this on our local Girl Scout website, and it looks like a great activity.  Registration has started, but the girls need to be Girl Scouts to attend.     I loved my years in Girl Scouts, both in Connecticut and in Texas.    Girl Scouts of America has changed over the years, but I appreciate their efforts to incorporate STEM in their programs and events.   They are much more than cookies now!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

What is Science?

Yesterday I was reminded of several things.   First,  technology had made this world very small.  A HS classmate of mine from TX posted a cute video clip of a dad singing with his daughter.   Well,  I told her that he was the brother of my daughter's ballet teacher.     But the blog worthy part of that story is that he is also the first winner, in 2012, of a science challenge that asked scientists to explain complex topics to 11 year Olds.   The children actually voted on the submissions, and Ben Ames, singing dad and doctoral student at University of Innsbrook,  won by explaining best "What is a Flame."

This year the question is "What is color?"  The submissions are in and children all over the world have been asked to judge.   This is such a cool idea!
  Thanks Alan Alda!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Jane Goodall's 80th Birthday

Well, what a fun day to remember one of my mentors in life!!

This picture was taken in 1992 when I returned to Grapevine High School to attend a fundraiser and school assembly where we again honored Dr. Goodall and the work of my other major mentor, Sherri Steward-Ganz.   I think my mom still has the videotape of my speech during the assembly.  I am sure I said what every college student says, "When I was in high school..."  even though it had just been 3 years. 

Happy Birthday Dr. Goodall!  What a timely message you still share about global conservation and the power of ONE!  You are wonderful!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Upcoming Herrett Center events

  • "Earth Hour" Night Telescope Viewing - Centennial Observatory
    • March 29, 2014 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
      For one hour, the world is asked to turn out all unnecessary lights as a gesture of energy conservation. Come to the Centennial Observatory at the Herrett Center and enjoy the dark skies. Free admission.

  • April
    • Total Lunar Eclipse - Centennial Observatory
      • April 14, 2014 10:45 PM - 12:00 AM
        Penumbral phase (not noticeable) begins: 10:52 PM
        Moon subtly darkened by 11:15 PM
        Umbral phase (growing "bite" from Moon) begins: 11:58 PM
        Totality (dark red-orange Moon): 1:06 to 2:25 AM
        Maximum eclipse: 1:46 AM
        Umbral phase ends: 3:33 AM
        Penumbral phase (not noticeable) ends: 4:39 AM
    • Herrett Forum lecture - "Secrets of the City - City of Rocks National Monument and Castle Rocks State Park" - Rick Allen Room
      • April 16, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
        Herrett Forum lectures are usually presented on the third Wednesday of the month, September through May. Topics are coordinated by the Herrett Forum Committee, a group of local citizens dedicated to bringing high quality speakers, scholars, and artists to Twin Falls. No tickets are required for these free public events. Doors open at 7 p.m.
        The Herrett Center for Arts and Science is located on the north side of the College of Southern Idaho campus, at the North College Road entrance.
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    Idaho STEM Teacher Award Opportunity!!

    Know a great STEM teacher? Nominate them for the INDEEDS Award!

    A coalition of Idaho’s leading industries have partnered with the Idaho State Department of Education and Idaho State Board of Education to improve a prestigious awards program to recognize and reward Idaho’s teachers who are working hard every day to grow the next generation of leaders in science and technology.

    Formerly known as the GIANTS Award, the new Industry’s Excellent Educators Dedicated to STEM Awards Program –referred to as INDEEDS – has been unveiled this year to better reflect the critical role business and industry play in identifying, recognizing and rewarding excellent science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) teachers across Idaho.

    INDEEDS is proudly sponsored by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Micron Foundation, Washington Division of URS, Hewlett-Packard Company, Idaho Power, and LCF Enterprises, with support from the Idaho Technology Council, Discovery Center of Idaho, Idaho State Department of Education, and Idaho State Board of Education.

    The new award also will help duplicate their successes within local schools and communities.

    Every school principal can now nominate up to one teacher in his or her school for the INDEEDS Award. If you know a deserving teacher, encourage your principal to submit a nomination!

    Two Idaho teachers will receive the INDEEDS Award each year. Each INDEEDS awardee will receive:
    • A $2,000 individual cash prize to recognize and reward his/her personal success, and
    • A $2,000 grant to expand STEM activities within his/her school and community.
    All INDEEDS awardees also will be publicly recognized at the Idaho Technology Council’s Annual Hall of Fame and Innovation Awards Banquet in October.

    Nominations are due to the State Department of Education no later than April 3, 2014 at 5 p.m. MST. Check out the INDEEDSwebsite for more information.  

    Here’s what leaders in education, business and industry are saying about the INDEEDS Award:

    “There is an inseparable link between a growing, robust economy and a high-quality education system. For this reason, I am grateful Idaho’s industry leaders remain committed to improving Idaho’s education system by working to recognize and reward our talented teachers through the INDEEDS Awards Program,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna said.

    “Our primary mission at the Micron Foundation is to spark a passion for STEM education in youth in the hopes of helping develop next-generation engineers, and we’re thrilled to help recognize and encourage the teachers who do this every day,”said Dee Mooney, executive director of the Micron Foundation.

    “The Idaho Technology Council is proud to support the INDEEDS Awards Program to recognize Idaho’s teachers who are working to build the future technology leaders in Idaho and across the country,” 
    said Jay Larsen, President and Founder of the Idaho Technology Council.

    “Businesses need competitive employees with STEM skills. We want to recognize and support those teachers and schools that spark students’ interest in STEM pathways,” said Dr. Lorna Finman, President of LCF Enterprises and founder of Discover Technology.