Utah fifth-graders embark on ‘Mission to Mars’

OGDEN — Hundreds of fifth-graders gathered Wednesday to reach for the stars for mankind. Their mission? Colonize Mars.

An auditorium at Weber State University roared with excitement and enthusiasm as 350 students from across Weber and Davis counties worked together to create a community of 21 air-tight domes — to simulate what it would take to make human life on Mars possible.

Hill Air Force Base and WSU partnered to host the “Mission to Mars” program, aiming to inspire the next generation of engineers, mathematicians and scientists.

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Entering The Real World Of Science

I was interested to read in the Tribune (Oct. 16) about the recent report from the Department of Education and the International Institute on Education calling U.S. math and science education “a mile wide and an inch deep.”

While our school systems clearly must work to add more depth and focus to their science and math curricula, the solution does not lie solely within our schools. Cultural institutions and private educational organizations also play a critical role in today’s science education.

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6 Education Stories To Watch In 2016

1. The New Federal Education Law

The long, grueling fight to overhaul the 14-year-old No Child Left Behind law is over, but that’ll turn out to be the easy part. The new Every Student Succeeds Act returns most government oversight of schools back to states. But there are no guarantees that the states will do a better job than the federal government in two key areas: closing the achievement gap and raising the performance of the absolute worst schools.

There will be some relief for students burdened by excessive testing. But for the most part states will continue to rely on test scores, using them to punish schools rather than for improving curriculum and instruction. Reading and math scores will drop for all kids on the new, tougher standardized tests linked to the Common Core. But the dismal performance of groups that struggle will trigger more scrutiny from civil rights groups in 2016. We’ll also see those groups pressure states to deal with teacher quality and funding.

2. Moving On From Common Core

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Astronomy According to Me

Usually referred to as the science of stars and the planets it is basically a field that involves the comprehensive and technical study of the objects in the outer space namely the stars, the planets and the universe. It is related with the progress, the arrangement and the expansion of the entire galaxy. It would not be wrong to say that it is one of the most ancient sciences.

Individuals who are related to this profession are known as the professional astronomers whereas those who are amateurs are tagged as the amateur astronomers. They have made key contributions to numerous astronomical inventions and innovations of utmost importance and are still playing a dynamic part in the respective field.

Its history can be dated back to the ancient times owing to the discovery of astronomical relics. Disciplined annotations are also known to have been carried out by the astronomers in the ancient times. It was only after the creation of the telescope that things on the astronomical front heated up and it became a full fledged science. This diverse field has numerous sub categories. For instance the observational astronomy as the name suggests, concentrates o the acquisition and study of data relative to the ideology of the science of physics. Then there is the theoretical astronomy which leans towards the advancement of computers and the methodical models for the description of the numerous astronomical developments. These fields complement each other to perfection.

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What Is The Most Powerful Ultraviolet Telescope

One of the most powerful ultraviolet telescope products is the design of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

In July of 2003, Scientists got a chance to look closely at the sun, closer than we ever have before, thanks to the most powerful ultraviolet telescope. This telescope and its camera were launched into the sky aboard a sounding rocket. This powerful ultraviolet telescope revealed what we hadn’t known about the sun before – that much activity is going on in the sun’s chromosphere, which is its lowest layer of atmosphere.

Pictures generated by this ultraviolet telescope will teach scientists how the sun works: i.e., how its corona, the outer atmosphere of the sun, heats to an incredible nearly two million Fahrenheit degrees (1 million+ degrees Celsius). This temperature is 100 times as hot as the sun’s chromosphere.

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