Pluto: Name that Planet

SCIENCE Princess Leia! Octavia Butler! RIPLEY! The International Astronomical Union has approved themes submitted by NASA’s New Horizons team for naming surface features on Pluto and its moons. Gallifrey! Spock! Mordor! (NASA) How did NASA set its horizons on our favorite dwarf planet? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Note to teachers: You’ll definitely want … Continue reading Pluto: Name that Planet

Weekly Warm-Up: The Street Fight for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do your students know the names of the streets they take to get to school? Chances are, they may know some of the road names on their routes, but they may not know the history behind their names. This week, ask your students to take a closer look at the street signs they pass every day. Do they know the significance behind the names? The … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: The Street Fight for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Astronaut Wants Our Help!

SCIENCE The European Space Agency is asking people to choose a name for British astronaut Tim Peake’s next mission to the International Space Station. (BBC) Any name is going to have a hard time topping this. Discussion Ideas The European Space Agency (ESA) competition to name Tim Peake’s mission is open to citizens or residents of all ESA member states. (Take a look here for … Continue reading Astronaut Wants Our Help!

Washington Post Article: Gunmen used technology as a tactical tool: Mumbai attackers had GPS units, satellite maps.

Our friend at Geographic Travels with Catholicgauze brought this Washington Post article to our attention in a recent post. It appears perpetrators in the recent Mumbai attacks used geographic tools including GPS and satellite imagery to plot and execute their scheme. GPS devices were employed to navigate through ocean waters from Pakistan to the East Coast of India, enabling the attackers to stay on course … Continue reading Washington Post Article: Gunmen used technology as a tactical tool: Mumbai attackers had GPS units, satellite maps.