The NASA Sun Earth Connection Education Forum (SECEF) brings the wonders of sun-solar system science to millions of students, teachers, and general public each year through Sun Earth Day. Each year, around the spring equinox, SECEF teams with NASA centers, ESA and other overseas space science organizations, professional societies, schools, museums and science centers, amateur astronomers, civic groups like Girl Scouts USA, and minority groups to put on a day of live, on-site web casts, museum programs, school projects, NASA TV broadcasts, and educator workshops centered around a special astronomical event or historical record. Previous Sun Earth Day themes have included the aurora, solar eclipses, the 2004 Venus Transit, and in 2005, Ancient Observatories.The next Sun Earth Day will be held on March 29, 2006 in celebration of the total solar eclipse that will be viewable through parts of Brazil and much of Africa and Europe. A NASA and Exploratorium team will be onsite in Turkey observing the eclipse and providing commentary from NASA scientists. NASA TV will show a special eclipse broadcast and tens of thousands of teachers across the country will have received a packet of materials to help them teach about eclipses in their classroom. Many museums will be running eclipse programs and piping in the live webcast for the public. And, amateur astronomers will hold eclipse parties and send images of the total and partial eclipse to our web site where students can derive the distance to the moon. Many other science, math, and technology activities suitable for K-12 audiences will be available from the web site as well. Please join us for Sun Earth Day 2006. You can register for a packet of educational materials at our web site sunearthday.nasa.gov.
AAS/Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Abstracts #37
- Pub Date:
- December 2005