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If you enjoyed our Conversations with a Scientist video of astronomer Mike Brown, be sure to tune into the live Q&A chat with Mike on October 2 at 4pm ET, hosted by AAAS MemberCentral. Go to the chat page to submit your questions for Mike ahead of time, or type in your questions directly during the session.


As is described in the Conversations with a Scientist video, Mike Brown is the astronomer whose discovery of Eris, a celestial body orbiting our Sun farther away than Pluto, led to Pluto having its "planet" status stripped. As Eris is about the same size as Pluto, it was decided that only celestial bodies in our Solar System that are larger than Pluto would be considered planets. Pluto is now known as a dwarf planet as a result of Mike's discovery. Learn more about this discovery on AAAS MemberCentral.


Be sure to submit your questions for Mike and join us for the chat on October 2. In the meantime, follow Mike on Twitter at @plutokiller, and AAAS MemberCentral at @AAASmember.
Originally posted on the Science NetLinks Educator blog.


#stemCCchat Twitter Chat Recap

Posted by mayina Sep 27, 2013 you to everyone who participated in Science NetLinks' Twitter chat on STEM and the Common Core on September 24! Thanks especially to our panelists Fred Bortz (@DrFredBortz), Loree Griffin Burns (@loreegburns), Tim Gerber (@DTimothyG), Kathleen Odean (@kfodean), and Melissa Stewart (@mstewartscience) for sharing their invaluable perspectives and knowledge as leaders in science, education, and literacy.


The full Twitter chat has been archived on Storify, so if you missed the event you can still easily find all of the great resources and ideas that were discussed in one place. Check out the Padlet wall of Twitter chat participants' favorite nonfiction science books/texts and add your suggestions as well.


The topics we discussed with participants were:

  1. What Common Core skills can be addressed in the science classroom?
  2. Share examples of how Common Core skills can be addressed in the science classroom.
  3. The Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards emphasize critical thinking and reading. How do trade books help to meet these needs?
  4. What techniques do you use to encourage readers to think critically, weigh evidence, and draw conclusions based on evidence?
  5. The Common Core requires reading complex texts. Any strategies for accommodating readers at different levels for technical subjects?
  6. What methods do you use to effectively introduce and build STEM vocabulary using books?
  7. What are your favorite non-fiction trade books that help teach STEM concepts?


Future Twitter chats from Science NetLinks and our partners are in the works, so we hope to see you on Twitter again soon!


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Originally posted on the Science NetLinks Educator blog.


Guess what's in this image for our September Mystery Image Contest! [Credit: U.S. Geological Survey]


Science NetLinks' Mystery Image Contest has been going strong for two months now, and September's contest is already underway! Now that school is back in session, we'd like to specially invite teachers to enter the contest with their students. Classes who enter a correct guess will be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to Carolina Biological Supply Company, which carries a wide variety of scientific materials for classroom use.


To enter as a class, simply enter your guess on the contest page, check the 'Class of Students' option, and enter the teacher's name and email address in those fields.


Using our Mystery Image Contest as a classroom activity provides an opportunity to teach educated guessing: teachers can guide students in making empirical observations about the mystery image in order to narrow down what could be in the image. The contest could also serve as an interesting way to introduce a relevant lesson or unit.


For more ideas on how to integrate the contest into your teaching, check out this story about the contest. Then, make sure to share your tips on this All About Science discussion thread or in the comments below.


We'll reveal the answer to this month's Mystery Image Contest on Monday, September 23. Good luck! NetLinks has some new social media pages: check out our YouTube channel and Tumblr blog for more science education content. Be sure to subscribe and follow so you don't miss any updates!


Our YouTube channel will feature videos from Science NetLinks in a more accessible format for our users who are used to YouTube's functionality. Tumblr, meanwhile, is a short-form blogging platform where we'll be posting Science NetLinks resources as well as original STEM- and education-related content.


As always, be sure to follow and like us on Twitter and Facebook!

jellyfish.jpgWhat do submarines, blood flow, and wind farms have in common? They’ve all benefitted from scientific research by Dr. John Dabiri, who studies jellyfish, of all things! Dr. Dabiri, a researcher at the California Institute of Technology, studies the way jellyfish move through the water. His findings in fluid dynamics and propulsion help design more streamlined submarines for the Navy, more efficient windmills for renewable energy, and solve problems to do with the human cardiovascular system. Watch the video about Dr. Dabiri’s research here, part of a new series by Science NetLinks called Conversations with a Scientist.


Another Conversations with a Scientist video features Dr. Michael Brown, an astronomer at the California Institute of Technology, who helped discover notable, planet-like objects in our solar system beyond Pluto. One of these objects—named Eris, after the Greek goddess of chaos and discord—is larger than Pluto, which sparked the heated scientific debate about whether Pluto should in fact be considered a planet, despite there being potentially many undiscovered, larger objects orbiting the sun. As a result of Dr. Brown’s discovery, Pluto was famously demoted to “dwarf planet” status in the scientific community.

To learn more about professional scientists and their careers, check out our What Do Scientists Do? lesson (grades 6–8) and the Secret Life of Engineers and Scientists tool (grades 6–12). Then learn about women scientists in medicine (lesson for grades 9–12) and biology (tool for grades 6–12), African American scientists (lesson for grades 6–8), and Latino/a scientists as well (featuring links to external resources).

If you enjoy Conversations with a Scientist, keep an eye out for lessons and other educational resources relating to these videos, coming soon!


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Originally posted on AAAS Science NetLinks Educator Blog.’s Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity is due to reach the surface of Mars on August 5 at 10:31 pm PDT. Launched on November 26, 2011, the trip from Earth to Mars takes about 36 weeks. Curiosity is a mobile lab on a mission to study the planet’s climate and geology and, ultimately, Mars's "habitability." 

Discuss the history and future of space travel with Science NetLinks' collection Celebrating Space Exploration. Students can design a spacecraft, explore satellite orbits and gravitational force, or get involved with the search for extraterrestrials.

Share your fascination with outer space on the Thinkfinity Community, watch Curiosity’s landing on NASA TV, and get updates from the rover on Twitter. Summer Olympics are in full swing! The 2012 games are being held in London, England and are welcoming athletes from 204 countries to compete in 26 sports. And did you know that there is a lot of science that goes into sports and athletics? Celebrate this international event Science NetLinks-style with some of our favorite resources that tie in with a few of the sports at the Olympics.


Kick off with our Reaching for Olympic Glory Collection, which features a host of resources, as well as the Science at the Olympics Tool which showcases a spread from Science magazine that was published during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Meanwhile, the Sports Drinks Science Update takes a look at the sugary beverages marketed to athletes and separates fact from fiction.


Dive into the aquatics events — swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo, and diving — with the Fastest Swimsuit Science Update, which discusses a high-tech swimsuit that scientists created to help reduce drag on a swimmer’s body. And check out our Buoyant Boats Lesson to explore the science behind the canoeing, sailing, and rowing events.


Take a look at field hockey’s colder cousin, ice hockey (which isn’t an Olympic sport), with the resources from the Bring the Science of NHL Hockey into Your Classroom! post from the SNL Educator blog. For the equestrian events, learn about how horses’ amazing bones are inspiring engineers to design similar air- and spacecraft parts with the Horse Bones Science Update. And give a nod to the cycling events by teaching the concept of a system and how it works with our lesson, The Bicycle as a System.


And last but not least, take a look at the Sprinter Feet and Sprinter Advantage Science Updates to see how runners in the athletics events — including hurdles, steeplechase, relay, marathon, and races 100 to 10,000 meters long — can benefit from genetic advantages that affect their feet as well as from their starting positions in a race.


No matter your sport of choice, have fun cheering on the amazing athletes at the Olympics this summer!


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