Dyson's Space Activites
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I offer astronomy & space physics STEM workshops for teachers.
 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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 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 Outstanding Trade Book 2016 for Welcome to Mars (coauthored with Buzz Aldrin, National Geographic) 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 2016 Outstanding Trade Book Welcome to Mars which she coauthored with Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin for National Geographic. Visit her website, www.mdyson.com, to invite her to speak or sign up for her free Science Snacks newsletter.

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