If your students are suffering from end-of-the-semester restlessness, get them out of the classroom! Check out these exciting field trip options that will teach them about the wonders of space.
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3-D, an IMAX Film
This film features panoramic views of a silent oasis that has hosted only 12 NASA Apollo astronauts in the 50 years since humans first set foot on the Moon. The 40-minute IMAX film, narrated by Tom Hanks, has an intended audience of children and young teens. It is playing in 85 theaters worldwide. For the latest schedule information, access http://www.imax.com/magnificentdesolation/. In addition, the Space Foundation is working with IMAX to launch students' love of space by providing a free Educator's Guide for teachers who take their classes to view the film. The 24-page resource guide is filled with hands-on lessons, experiments, and observation activities that will keep students interested in learning about the Moon and space exploration long after the film has ended. Featuring a comprehensive educational program for grades 3-9, the film's learning can be extended into the classroom with lessons and activities focused on science, math, language arts, history and technology curricula.
SPACE: A Journey to Our Future Traveling Exhibition
This first-of-its-kind educational exhibit was created as an educational tool to inspire young people and raise public awareness about space exploration. The 12,000-square-foot exhibition, one of the largest touring space exhibits ever developed, is on display at the Detroit Science Center until May 14, 2006. This exhibit will travel to other museums and science centers in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco over the next three years. Geared toward young people ages 9-17, SPACE immerses the visitor in past discoveries and explorations and introduces today's explorers who are shaping our destiny in the universe. The sights and sounds of space exploration are presented through live performances, easy-to-use interactives, state-of-the-art projection, and audio technology. Highlights include opportunities to ride a lunar module simulator to a surface facsimile of the Moon and a visit to a simulated scientific base camp on Mars. Producers and supporters include Clear Channel Exhibitions, General Motors, the Space Day Foundation, Lockheed Martin, NSTA, and NASA. More information and a teacherís guide complementing the exhibit is available at http://www.spaceevent.com/.
New Hubble Space Telescope Image Exhibits
During the 15 years NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has orbited Earth, it has taken more than 750,000 photos of the cosmos. NASA released new views of two of the most well-known objects Hubble has ever observed: the Eagle Nebula and the Whirlpool Galaxy (spiral galaxy M51). For Hubble's 15th anniversary, scientists used the new Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) to record a new region of the eerie-looking Eagle Nebula. The mural-sized celestial images of the Eagle Nebula and Whirlpool Galaxy were unveiled at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. More than 100 museums, planetariums, and science centers also unveiled these same images. For a list of the museums and other locations displaying the new images of the Whirlpool Galaxy and the Eagle Nebula, visit http://hubblesite.org/about_us/unveiling.shtml.
Aerospace Design: The Art of Engineering from NASA's Aeronautical Research
See how art meets function in this exhibition at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery. The exhibition includes more than 100 artifacts from NASA's historic collection and illustrates the importance of industrial design, architecture, and engineering in the history and evolution of aviation and space travel. The exhibition runs through December 17 in New York City. Further information and images of work featured in the exhibition are available at http://www.pratt.edu/news/.
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