Thursday, November 02, 2006

Space Boggles

I know I have used this Carl Sagan quote before, but it relates well to the two links below.

'We live on a hunk of rock and metal that circles a humdrum star that is one of 400 billion other stars that make up the Milky Way Galaxy which is one of billions of other galaxies which make up a universe which may be one of a very large number, perhaps an infinite number, of other universes. That is a perspective on human life and our culture that is well worth pondering.'

I used the first of the links below with my maths group this week and it generated a very good discussion - some maths, some science, some philosophical.

It is really worth waiting for it to load up and viewing it - gives you a real appreciation of your place in the general scheme of things.......

Images from Hubble or alternatively, a tiny glimpse.

Interesting Websites:

Rona Books Blog [Eastbourne Book Shop]

African Art from the Jean Pigozzi Collection.

After watching the video clip above, you might want to do use the NASA Kid's Club with you class.

Maths Problem Solving.

Try Thinking Blocks online

Google has an educators area with lots of resources for teachers. Google for Educators

Oracle Education Foundation sponsor Thinkquest 2007 an international website competition for students from 9 to 19 years. Worth a look, but so are the archived Thinkquests from previous years. Great online learning modules. For example here's maths. More general catalogue here. This is such a fantastic resource!

Exploratorium site on Ancient writings featuring Archimedes. Another great Archimedes site here.

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