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June 10th, 2010

Ask An Astronaut Glow Meet with NASA

Dawn Adams
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 : Categories Glow Meet, Stirling

Nick in SpaceIn collaboration with the Scottish Space School, join this exclusive opportunity to talk to Nick Patrick and Heather Paul from NASA using Glow Meet.

Nick is an astronaut who has performed three space walks and lived on the International Space Station. Heather is a space suit engineer and knows everything there is to know about making it possible for astronauts to survive in the void of space.

Tune in to the Glow Meet to watch Nick, Heather and pupils from Fintry Primary School run a simulation to move a robotic land rover around the surface of Mars. This will mimic what real astronauts have to do when they collect samples from the surface of Mars using the robots Spirit and Opportunity. These rovers have amassed a vast amount of information and we have learnt huge amounts about the planet Mars.

To learn about Mars before meeting Nick and Heather, pupils can have a look at the Glow Science films about Life on Mars by LL Online. This event will be suitable for middle primary upwards.

Visit the National Sciences Glow group to find out more about this Glow Meet and how to get involved.

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March 13th, 2010

25th March – First Glow Meet in Too Hot to Handle? Science Series

J Jelly
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 : Categories Curriculum for Excellence, Events, Glow Groups, Glow Meet, National Groups, Sciences

Too Hot to Handle

Pupils across Scotland will have the chance to take part in activities and Glow Meets about five hot science topics in the Too Hot to Handle? series in the next few months, starting next week with Space for P6-S1 on 25th March.

Cathy Southworth from Edinburgh University is heading up this development and is keen to involve as many youngsters as possible. She says, Too Hot To Handle? is here to support the Topical Science organiser of a Curriculum for Excellence from P6-S3. It provides access to current scientists in Scotland that work on a range of hot topics, through a vidcast, teaching materials and a discussion board for questions about the topics that are answered by the scientists, and a GLOW meet where you can grill the scientists with questions.”

As well as learning about the science, pupils will get a flavour of the excitement of being a scientist.

Visit the Too Hot to Handle Glow Group. Have a look at the wealth of materials for the Space topic, show your class the videos, post some questions for the scientists on the discussion board and come into the Glow Meet on 25th to grill the space scientists – Noe Kains from The University of St Andrews and Duncan Forgan and Chris Evans from The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.

There will be a competition challenge on the day and members of your class could win a prize.  

Other topics in the series:
Flu Fighters for 2nd level (P6-P7) ready for after the Easter break; Glow Meet 20th May
Biodiversity Buzz for 2nd & 3rd  levels (P7-S2) ready for after the Easter break; Glow Meet 25th May
Doable Renewables for 2nd & 3rd  levels (P7-S2) ready for May; Glow Meet 15th June
Me and my Brain for third and fourth levels (S1-S3) ready for May; Glow Meet 17th June

This week too, we have another two science based Glow Meets:
Dr Bunhead’s Spoofbusters on 16th (1.30 – 2.30) for upper primary and secondary pupils,
Industrial Chemistry on 18th (1.45-2.45) for Higher and AH Chemistry pupils.

All these Glow Meets use the same Science Glow Meet webpart in the National Sciences Glow Group. 

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