CT Science Educator’s Conference October 17

The CT Science Educator’s Conference will be held at the Hamden Middle School on Saturday, October 17.  The keynote speaker will be Ed Buckabee.  Ed is the founder of the highly successful U.S. Space Camp and Aviation Challenge programs with graduates of over 500,000. He started a special camp for U. S. Teachers of the Year and later added International teachers and students. He has been successful in organizing similar Space Camp programs in Japan, Belgium, Canada and Italy. He conceived and developed the first exhibit telling the story of the Mercury astronauts at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

I will be presenting a workshop on using Discovery Education Science for Middle School with Rachael Manzer, Science Coach for the Suffield Public Schools.  The state department of education has entered into an agreement with Discovery Education to provide subscriptions to all middle schools in the state.  This is a wonderful opportunity for teachers in CT to access these exceptional resources for use in their classrooms for the next several years.

When We Left Earth – New York Premiere

WOW! What an amazing evening.  The venue (The Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York) was the perfect setting for the premiere of “When We Left Earth”.  After reading the blog from the L.A. premiere the week before, I anticipated a special evening.  My expectations were exceeded beyond belief.  My wife Cindy and I decided to take full advantage of the invitation by heading into the city from CT for the day.  We got to New York in the early afternoon and headed over to the museum.  If you have never been there, you need to add it to your list of places to see the next time you are in New York.  The gallery of original Audobon drawings is magnificent! 

After the museum closed for the day, the Rose Center was transformed into a beautiful reception room.  The food was outstanding, the company even better.  We had an interesting conversation with the science contributor to People magazine.  He was a former engineer who had worked on the LEM (Lunar Excursion Module) that brought the Apollo astronauts safely to the moon and back to the command module.

Following cocktails and hors’douvres, we headed to the theater to watch the episode dealing with the Gemini project, whose purpose was to learn the skills necessary to attempt a lunar landing.  The special guests for the evening were Mercury 7 astronaut Scott Carpenter and the executive producer of the series, Bill Howard.  Seeing the NASA footage in high definition was just spectacular.  The clarity was amazing.  When Gemini 6 and 7 were flying side by side you can actually see the astronauts inside their capsules as they wave to each other!  Everytime an astronaut’s name was mentioned, my wife and I turned to each other and nodded in recognition of the heroes we had grown up admiring.

After the show ended, there was a time for q&a with Scott Carpenter and Bill Howard.  Following the q&a, we returned to the Rose Center where the party continued with more food, drink and stimulating conversation.  As the evening ended, we were presented with copies of “America in Space, NASA’s First Fifty Years”, a beautiful coffee table book with over 400 photographs from the NASA archives.  My wife and I are very thankful that we were invited to be part of such a special event.

I can’t wait for the series to start this Sunday night.  I’ve already added it to DVR list, so I will have it to enjoy over and over.