Dyson's Space Activites

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Dyson's Space Activites
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I am an award-winning children's author & former NASA flight controller available for school & library visits to talk about the human exploration of space.
 
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Create a three-inch Earth globe ornament while learning geography. Also teaches map skills, latitude and longitude, and the relationship between circumference and diameter.
Subjects:
Earth Sciences, Geography, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Science Centers
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The International Space Station circles the Earth, so why do maps of its orbit show it going up and down like a roller coaster? Do the Orbital Orange edible experiment to understand why! Activity aids in understanding mapping from 3-D to 2-D. The
Subjects:
Geometry, Astronomy, Physics
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Laboratory, Science Centers
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This is a super cheap and simple way to make a parachute at home or for an entire class. This exercise will boost understanding of the effects of falling through an atmosphere and offer hours of experimental fun.
Subjects:
Physical Science, Engineering
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities
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Using blocks and a flashlight, students plot how the direction shadows point during the day shifts (how a sundial works), and also how the length of shadows change with the season.
Subjects:
Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities
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Students and adults alike will enjoy making and using a simple Astrolabe and Star Clock to determine their latitude and tell the time using the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia. Great activity for campers.
Subjects:
Geometry, Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities
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Using simple ingredients and a microwave, create sample Moon rocks to use in understanding how composition varies in samples, and why multiple samples are needed to test theories. Then eat the results! Great for home or classroom or as
Subjects:
Geology, History, Cooking
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Science Centers
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I was one of the first female flight controllers for NASA, working as a Flight Activities Officer in Mission Control during the early Space Shuttle Program. I left NASA to raise my children & became a full-time writer about space for adults & kids. I have taught Astronomy and Science Fiction writing courses in CCISD's WAVE (GT) program with students grades 6-8. Also tutored writing (short story and profile writing) at St. Thomas the Apostle private school, grade 5. Have done numerous author visits to schools and libraries all over the United States, as well as student and teacher STEM workshops at schools and through museums.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Hands-on with lots of models and activities.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Best nonfiction book of 1999 (for Space Station Science, published by Scholastic). American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award in the Children's Category, 2004 (for Home on the Moon, published by National Geographic). National Science Teachers Association Best STEM Book Award for Welcome to Mars (coauthored with Buzz Aldrin, National Geographic). Inducted into the Nevada Space Hall of Fame in 2018. Featured in International Women in Aviation and Space Museum (Cleveland, Ohio) Mission Control Exhibit.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. Physics, UNC-Greensboro; one year grad school Space Physics & Astronomy, Rice University; certified NASA flight controller; 2nd degree black belt, Kuk Sool Won

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Marianne Dyson was one of NASA's first female flight controllers, the subject of her Space Shuttle memoir, A Passion for Space. She's a speaker on space topics for adults and children, a technical editor, and science fiction writer. She is best known for her award-winning children’s books about space, including the NSTA Best STEM Book for Welcome to Mars, coauthored with Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin for National Geographic. In time for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, she also coauthored To the Moon and Back, a pop-up book about Apollo 11. Visit her website, www.mDyson.com, to invite her to speak or sign up for her free Science Snacks newsletter.

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