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Earth & Space Day At The Arizona Museum Of Natural History

Yesterday I volunteered for the Explore Science, Earth & Space Day at the Arizona Museum of Natural History where I taught children (and their parents) about thermal mapping, how different earth surfaces absorb or reflect heat, and how humans are affecting the balance.

The Explore Science: Earth & Space project is led by Arizona State University, in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits are developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net). Throughout spring and summer of 2019, events are taking place at 350 museums and institutions throughout the country.

Some of the key things discussed were:

- Earth is a constantly changing dynamic system

- Different types of land cover on Earth absorb or reflect energy from the Sun in different ways

- NASA scientists study land cover to understand and predict how Earth's climate is changing

Different color tiles were set up under a heat lamp with an incandescent bulb and the children were able to use an infrared laser thermometer (just like NASA!) to measure and record the temperatures of each. We then looked at the data and they would draw conclusions based on the temperatures associated with each color. We also had a thermal sensing liquid crystal sheet that they could place their hand on for a few seconds and then observe how it changed color, measure the temperature difference, and explain why they think it changed. This turned out to be the most popular activity. It's great that many left the museum that day with a better understanding of the Earth's different features like polar ice caps and forests, and how they affect the climate in other zones.



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