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CASSINI- MISSION COMPLETE

After 20 years and billion miles from planet Earth, the Cassini-Huygens Spacecraft completed its last mission today (September 15th, 2017) at 4:55 am.  It’s mission was to fly into the atmosphere of Saturn and burn up into a cloud of tiny particles- sending info back to the Earth right up until the moment it detonated.  Cassini taught us a lot about planet Saturn, and its moons, and will be missed by many.  Mission complete!

The Cassini-Huygens Spacecraft- a joint effort between NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency), and the Italian Space agency- has been known simply as Cassini and was the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn.  Marin Preparatory School 3rd grader, Zachary, Talks Science with us and breaks down the importance of Cassini to space research.

To learn more about the important research done with the help of Cassini click here.  To see some amazing photography taken by Cassini click here. Happy Friday!

 

 

 

September is National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Our students are learning about Science through the Technology and Engineering lens.  Since the first time a Neanderthal took a stick to dig up a root for dinner-  technology has been around.

 

Technology is how we investigate the scientific world around us.  Technology is how we improve our lives, improve the environment, win a war, make peace, create beautiful things, and break things down.

 

The how and why of technology in our lives as a society is endless.  One thing is certain, technology is developed through a combination of creative thought, asking many questions,  and using mathematical principles.

 

September is National Hispanic Heritage Month!  

 

We would to take a moment to honor the contributions made by Hispanic scientists, engineers, poets, artists, medical professionals, educators, and community activists to our world.

 

Below you will find links to several cool websites honoring some important Hispanic contributions made by a Pre-Incan civilization, the first Latina Astronaut- Ellen Ochoa, and Mario Ochoa who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.  Enjoy!

 

Click on the links below:

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

Engineering the Incan World

How Stuff Works-10 Hispanic Scientists You Should Know

 

Summer 2017- Science Around the World

We would like to dedicate our first blog entry to an exciting summer of science around the world!

 

People from all over the world flocked to San Francisco this summer to celebrate the 50th year anniversary of the Summer of Love.  ‘Is this science?’, one may ask.  In fact, the social change that took place in 1967 is a great example of our human race adapting as a society to a new way of thinking in a modern world.   What are some other examples of human, or animal, adaptation?

 

In July, one of the largest icebergs ever recorded broke off from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica.  A barometer of our changing climate, perhaps, but what does this really mean?

 

The world witnessed North Korea testing their capabilities to launch a missile after many years of learning the science and engineering behind a missile launch.  They were successful this summer.  What exactly is the science behind a missile launch?  How do ethics play a role in scientific experimentation of this magnitude?

 

On August 21st, North America experienced a Total Solar Eclipse!  Our very own MPS Faculty took a break from organizational meetings to catch a glimpse of the eclipse through the San Francisco fog.  The next Total Solar Eclipse visible from North America will be April 8, 2024… how old will you be then?

 

Finally, the science faculty at MPS have been busy organizing the new STEAM Science Laboratory.  An exciting 2017/18 academic year is planned  to include a Makers Lab, ‘Break It Down’ Science, and working with our scientific community in the classroom.

 

It is going to be a great year in science!