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Esther D Leonelli

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CROSSPOST: [Ednet] Counting the Stars (fwd)
Posted: Sep 26, 2006 11:25 PM
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This might be of interest to ABE teachers who want to integrate science
and math...


Esther D. Leonelli <>

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Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 10:51:31 EDT
Subject: [Ednet] Counting the Stars

How many stars are visible in the night sky? It depends on who's looking.

Many factors affect how many stars can be seen at any given location on any
given night. NASA is inviting students to participate in an effort to study
those factors.

"Star Count" is a new NASA education activity that turns students into
astronomers and gives teachers the resources to capitalize on the fun students are
having. Star Count challenges students to research answers to the questions:
"Do people everywhere see the same number of stars in the night sky? Why or why
not?" The activity encourages students to go outside at night and count the
stars in the sky. Students and teachers all over the world can participate in
Star Count.

Rather than count every star in the sky, students will instead learn how to
estimate a total number based on random samples of sections of the sky. They
then enter the number of stars and information about their viewing conditions
and location in an online database.

Related Resources
+ Star Count Web Site

+ NASA Education Web Site

+ Student Observation Network
With that database, students will be able to find out about the average
number of stars visible in a particular location. The database will also reveal
information about how various factors affect star visibility. Students will be
able to use this information to answer their research question. To conduct their
research, students must use geography, astronomy, environmental science and

Star Count is a project of NASA's Student Observation Network. SON is a
collection of online inquiry-based activities that challenge students to find
answers to questions relating to NASA research. To find those answers, students
have to make their own observations. They must interpret the data from their
observations and from actual NASA scientists' research. Not only do the activities
raise students' interest by engaging them in exciting, hands-on projects, but
they do so with materials that support national education standards.

The Star Count activity ties into the Energy module of the current SON theme,
"Living and Working in Space," which is associated with the STS-115 space
shuttle mission. That mission will deliver a new set of energy-generating solar
arrays to the International Space Station. Star Count is developed in
collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency.

With this project, NASA continues its tradition of investing in the nation's
education. It is directly tied to the agency's major education goal of
attracting and retaining students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
disciplines. To compete effectively for the minds, imaginations and career
ambitions of America's young people, NASA is focused on engaging and retaining
students in education projects that encourage pursuit of educational
disciplines critical to NASA's future engineering, scientific and technical missions.

If you would like a fresh way to get your students excited about science,
here's your chance to let them conduct research with NASA. Because when it comes
to collecting the data for Star Count, NASA is counting on you!

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