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Summer 2002 Exploratorium Newsletter Items

  • Many of the Exploratorium's exhibits illustrate the subtle and beautiful connections between math and science and art, especially intriguing illusions. Students, reviewing examples for Team Contests, can dream about and plan their own online exhibits . Because the Web is graphically friendly, some students, for the first time even, can apply their unique visualization talents to learning science. Use simple software to gain insights into the different learning styles of your students.
  • Enhance the Exploratorium's displays in neuroscience with related links at other labs across the U.S. Even middle school students can participate in the huge Human Genome Project and debate its implications with their own data. Take advantage of access to world-class online experts!
  • Learn about the quality of natural water in your region or across the globe. How do fountains work? Sharing data about water contents and systems collaboratively within your school district or with neighbors 500 miles away is a smart use of personal data assistants. If your students are sharing those devices or conducting the analyses jointly, brush up on your small group skils.
  • The field of astronomy has blossomed on the Web. NASA has dedicated its resources towards development of an enormous amount of curricula for secondary students, and students can tag along "virtually" on its missions. A panoramic view of the changing earth at night can be followed, just like an astronaut. Traditional links between star clusters and poetry can be viewed, and, even though, students are in real school during daylight hours, a special site illustrates how stars can still be observed. View Jupiter from Mars, heretofore not possible, thanks to NASA and the Web. Since so much information is available online, now would be a good time to refresh student research skills.
  • The Exploratorium has specialized in demonstrating every-day physics phenomena. Breakdancing and baseball-and much more-can enliven physics for all students, while preserving its classical beauty. Take a look at The Little Shop of Physics! Provide materials and tips for parents who may not be professional scientists so they can actively engage in exciting projects with their children at home.
  • The Web's power just reinforces the long-standing commitment of the Exploratorium to exhibits which interweave math and the arts. For instance, the Bose Corporation has created curricula to directly connect principles of math and music. Remote-sensing tools reveals the mysteries of archaeology online. Other virtual opportunities include special art-making projects and archives and databases. Help your special education students enjoy this domain online.
  • New telecommunications tools have enabled astounding and pulsating displays of human anatomy at the molecular level. Unlike pre-canned media, like videos, students can learn to guide their own concept formation in biology. Some universities encourage secondary students to use their sophisticated electronic microscopes via the Internet. Accommodate some multi-lingual needs of your students.

These short articles appeared in the Summer 2002 Exploratorium on-line newsletter.

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