NASA Launches Curiosity--Its Most Capable Rover Robot
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA began a historic voyage to Mars
with the Nov. 26 launch of the Mars Science Laboratory, which carries a
car-sized rover named Curiosity. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
aboard an Atlas V rocket occurred at 10:02 a.m. EST (7:02 a.m. PST).
"We are very excited about sending the world's most
advanced scientific laboratory to Mars," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden
said. "MSL will tell us critical things we need to know about Mars, and
while it advances science, we'll be working on the capabilities for a human
mission to the Red Planet and to other destinations where we've never
The mission will pioneer precision landing technology and a
sky-crane touchdown to place Curiosity near the foot of a mountain inside Gale
Crater on Aug. 6, 2012. During a nearly two-year prime mission after landing,
the rover will investigate whether the region has ever offered conditions
favorable for microbial life, including the chemical ingredients for life. Read more...
Registration for ePDN online courses is open!
Some of the online courses being
offered include: Robotics, Problem-based Inquiry Learning,
Statistics, and Technology Integration. Find
out more about the 2012 distance learning courses available through the Georgia
Tech ePDN at this location:
Hungry for Robotic Action?
you have time to help us at this year's Dec. 3rd's WV FLL tournament in Ripley,
WV (setup the afternoon and evening of Dec. 2, starting at 3 p.m.), please
complete the form at the website provide in this blog. With the 54 teams, or
around 1000 people we're expecting, we REALLY need a lot of help this year. Read More…
Making Science and Math
Appealing to Today’s Youth
In today’s world, middle and high school
students tend to focus more on Kobe Bryant’s
basketball skills and Lady Gaga’s
shocking new outfit, rather than taking a key interest in science and math.
While entertainment and athletics are valuable, so are science and math. So how
can we as educators, parents, and so forth make acts of science and math
appealing to our youth? Read this article to review FIRST's approach to social
media and promotional methods to make science and technology more appealing to
WV FLL Logistics - Dec. 3, 2011 at Ripley High School in Ripley,
to this blog for information about tournament hotel blocks and directions to
Ripley High School. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions in the comment
section provided at the bottom of this blog. Read More…
Nut-free Healthy Snacks?
NO non-human NUTS AT WV FLL
don't know about you, but my favorite snacks have nuts in them: almonds, peanut
butter crackers, and snickers bars. Unfortunately, because nut allergies are
potentially FATAL, ALL NUT PRODUCTS ARE BANNED FROM THE TOURNAMENT!!! Read More…