Wednesday, October 30, 2013
My husband has a bit of s green thumb and an obsession with hot peppers. He ordered some of the hottest seeds in the world including the ghost pepper and carolina reaper. He grew them from seed starting in January and they did well in our garden all summer. Unfortunately our growing season is too short and so before the peppers could grow we had to take them inside.
I have a beautiful class garden and have added two of our hot peppers to it to see if they will produce anything indoors. Another problem we have is that bringing in an outdoor plant has brought in the bugs!! Eeewwhh!
We have learnt all about pesticides, bioaccumulation, and organic food and although it would be easier to just buy some kind of chemical to take care of the little "buggers" we don't want to put toxins on our food.
So we quarantined the plant from the rest of the garden and used an old trick my mom taught me. We sprayed the plant and the surrounding soil down with soapy water. It seems to be working and hopefully with a few more applications we will be bug free.
I love when what I teach just happenes to pop up in real life!
Listen live about An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. It brings some of the experiences and lessons of his space travel to bear on how we live our daily lives on the third planet from the sun. http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2013/10/29/chris-hadfield-offers-astronauts-guide-to-life-on-earth/
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I have also learnt a lot about an up-and-coming Canadian astronaut, Jeremy Hansen. He will be the keynote speaker at the ATA Science Council conference where I will be presenting about technology in the science classroom and some kitchen chemistry and lab ideas from Pinterest. See more here. I really hope I am able to meet him and finally introduce myself to the amazing people from the CSA. I'm not sure if any of these people understand just how much their communications and interactions online have meant to me. I am so excited about teaching science and sharing everything they have to offer with my students!
You can MEET JEREMY HANSEN at the Telus World of Science on Friday, November 15, 2013, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm See HERE for more details.
So here are a few thing I've learnt about the CSA, Hansen and Hadfield!
CSA - Canadian Space Agency
The CSA mandate states that their purpose is "To promote the peaceful use and development of space, to advance the knowledge of space through science and to ensure that space science and technology provide social and economic benefits for Canadians."
Want to be an astronaut for the CSA when you grow up? You had better get started and, as Hadfield says, make sure every decision in your life brings you closer to your goal. Other career opportunities are available as well. AMAZING!! http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/careers.asp
There are a lot of resources for teachers as well. Love it!
Canada's major space contributions!!
Candarm - Canadian robotic arm on the ISS
Dextre - "The most sophisticated space robot ever built, Dextre is a space handyman with a mission: keep the International Space Station (ISS) ship-shape"
First Canadian in Space - October 5, 1984 - Marc Garneau
First Canadian Woman in Space - January 22, 1992 - Roberta Bondar
First Canadian mission specialist, first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in orbit, and the only Canadian to ever board Mir (Russian Space Station). First Canadian to do a spacewalk to control the Candarm and command the ISS - Commander Chris Hadfield
More Canadian Space Flight History - OOOOHHHH CANADA!!
Major Jeremy Hansen
Read his biography to learn more. "Major Hansen was selected in May 2009 as one of two members of the third Canadian Astronaut selection. He is one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. In 2011, Major Hansen graduated from Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training. Since his graduation, he is assigned as Crew Support Astronaut for Expedition 34/35." - CSA
He is part of a training program preparing for a variety of future endeavors, one of which may include space geology. That's right studying rocks, earth, and more on the moon, asteroids, or maybe even mars! See more about how he trained in the arctic and also in caves. Both very hostile and stressful environments that will help him get ready for a multitude of space explorations. Read more about it on the CSA website here.
|Training in the acrtic|
|Training in caves|
Expedition 34/35 was the mission that Chris Hadfield commanded and as such the two Canucks worked closely together.
See here for how he worked as part of the support crew.
See his perspective of Commander Hadfiled's adventures in space here
Monday, October 28, 2013
Also listen live here to hear him read from his new book
Here is the plan for Thursday, October 31
My grade 7 classes will be part of a unique opportunity to use Skype in the Classroom. At 10:45am we will learn all about Sea Turtles and marine ecology with the South Carolina Aquarium. I love being able to bring a bit of the ocean to our land locked province! See more here https://education.skype.com/projects/6143-lets-talk-turtlessea-turtles-that-is
Also here are some YouTube videos to get ready http://www.youtube.com/user/ncaquarium
As for the afternoon here is the plan!
At noon students can start getting ready with their costumes, eat a light lunch (snacks to come!), and have recess as normal.
1:10 - Mrs. Auch's drama class will perform skits.
1:30 - costume parade
1:45- 2:55 everyone back to their homerooms and we will have our snacks and watch a movie.
Please talk with your child on what you can bring.
Please COMMENT BELOW with your name and let me know what your child can bring for a snack and remeber it does not have to be a large amount. Just enough for all 19 kids to have a taste.
YELLOW MEANS THAT THIS ITEM IS NOT AVAILABLE ANYMORE
Veggie platter - RYAN
Cheese & crackers - OLIVIA
Sausage - KELTI
Fruit plate - KAELEY
Juice / flavored waters - Madelyn (water) Cam (juice boxes)
Chips - DEVON
Halloween treats x 4 -
- Delaney - brownies
- Reagan - cupcakes
- Madelyn - Rice crispies
- Popcorn - Andrew
Chris Hadfield's book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, will be released next week! I pre-ordered my copy as soon as humanly possible and can't wait to devour every page! I am really looking forward to learning more about him and hope to share his inspirational story with my students. I find his message of perseverance, hard work, and following your dreams so important, especially for my students and children. I want them to know that every decision they make should be made while keeping their goals in mind and that if they always push their lives in that direction and dedicate themselves they can achieve anything! One day I want to brag that the next great Canadian astronaut, CSA scientist, robotics engineer, entrepreneur, inventor, or medical researcher was one of my kids! All of the great science lectures I have ever attended (Jane Goodall, David Suzuki, and Chris Hadfield) all said that we need to inspire that moment that sparks science in the mind of a child! THIS is what I am meant to do!
Although I heard Chris speak and sing with the Bare Naked Ladies at the ETown convention, and it was truly fantastic, it is my dream to one day meet him. I don't care if it takes me another year or ten, but some day I'd love to tell him in person just how much he has fuelled my passion for science and STEM education. I'd like to thank him for all the joy and science he has brought into all of our lives.
I was hoping to go to his book signing when it came through town but unfortunately Edmonton is not on his list of stops. He will be in Calgary November 19th-20th and then back to his home town of Sarnia on November 23rd. I am hoping if we can convince Random House Canada to add Edmonton somewhere in between.
Please help me by contacting Random House Canada through social media and promote the idea! We will never know if it is possible until we try!
See more here http://www.randomhouse.ca/.
Twitter - https://twitter.com/RandomHouseCA
Google+ - https://plus.google.com/+RandomHouseBooks/posts
For more information on the book or to order your own copy please see http://chrishadfield.ca/
"Chris offers readers extraordinary stories from his life as an astronaut, and shows how to make the impossible a reality." -ChrisHadfield.ca
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Friday, October 25, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Last night for the school Halloween dance I came as Chris Hadfield and my husband was CSA ground control. Sweet!
I tweeted the photos and got a reply from the CSA and Commander Hadfield himself!!! We are one step closer!!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
"Every good decision you make inspires everyone else"