I also introduced myself to the ATASC Science Teacher of the Year Award winner, Annie, who is one of the few other French immersion junior high science teachers I have ever met. Naturally I exchanged information with her and will be in touch soon. I am looking forward to picking her great big science brain! Felicitations Annie!
I was able to present two session with my friend, Morgan Laird, about teaching with technology and quick science demo's and how we keep them organized on Pinterest. It was wonderful to have someone so like-minded to work with and explore what we are able to share with other teachers. See our session notes and links HERE. See the notes and hand outs of ALL of the sessions HERE.
|Morgan and I ready to rock our presentations!|
The highlight of the entire weekend was being able to meet Canadian Astronaut, Jeremy Hansen as well as Magalie, his lovely co-worker from the Canadian Space Agency. I introduced myself to Jeremy and Magalie and they both indulged my questions and we had a lovely conversation about space, science, geology, parenting, and more. I found out Jeremy lived in Cold Lake when had just started teaching there. I wonder if it was his F-18 roaring over my class making the windows shake? He was very kind and spoke with an innate yet humble intelligence. He was gracious enough to sign a picture I brought and pose for a picture that I will treasure in my space-geek collection.
|The autograph reads "To Amanda, Thanks for your contribution to our students! Jeremy Hansen"|
|The CSA looks like the starship Enterprise!|
|Hadfield and the Candarm - Great Canadian contributions to space|
|Trying out being weightless with other astronauts from around the world!|
|Jeremy flying over the Alberta Rockies. Stunning.|
|Jeremy was part of Chris Hadfield's ground support. Sounds like a great team to me!|
|My favourite Chris Hadfield science demo|
This is by far one of the most stunning videos from space I've ever seen. My kids keep asking me to play it for them over and over again. My boy wants to be an astronaut now!
When explaining how they deal with the potential conflicts of living in space for so long and being confined together he said "Nobody wants to fly in space with a jerk." He continued to explain the extensive training and team building they do for years before they ever leave the ground. He was able to go up to the Arctic and train with a geologist so he would be able to collect data and samples on the moon, an asteroid, or even Mars! He also did a cave exploration with a team of astronauts from around the world and had to squeeze through some tiny spaces as well as collect scientific data. All of this to prepare for the day when it will finally be his turn to go into space. We will be cheering you on from Canada Jeremy!
|Jeremy on Mars with his Mars Rovers ... or the Arctic with ATVs.|
|Jeremy's cave adventure|
Thank you Jeremy. Merci
What an amazing week! I'm going to buy a lottery ticket and if I win get on that flight with Lady Gaga into space!