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Friday, October 16, 2015

Let Your Voices Be Heard! #104Quotes

Last week while discussing a quote from Thomas More, our classes were sharing some amazing thoughts and ideas. We let the discussion run past the "allotted time," yet we still felt like it was not given the time it deserved.

A student during block B1 suggested that we incorporate this as a twitter chat. I love when my students make great suggestions! After thinking about it, we decided to make this a blog.

Below, I will upload some images of the quotes we reflected on. The objective is NOT to just write what you put in your journal. However if the class discussion gave you another idea and you were not able to share it, here is the place! Maybe you do not feel comfortable saying your ideas in class, but you feel comfortable writing them, then here is the place!

The goal is that this can be a running dialogue of some of these ideas for throughout the year. I will upload more quotes here as the year progresses. Therefore, you are encouraged to reply to comments from your classmates. Also, maybe an experience will cause you to look at a quote from a month or two differently, we would love to see that reflection here.

Hint: Before commenting, you may want to view the video below. It is about why such on-line discussions are important, and even gives us a few tips!

Note: Please refer to what quote you are responding to such as writing, "More's quote on education..."

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Even CubeSATS Have Historical Significance!

Last week some of our classes saw the wonder of aerospace technology in action.

On October 7th, block B5 was able to watch some of the NASA press briefing before the launch of an Atlas rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The rocket brought 13 CubeSATS (miniature satellites, basically), into orbit. Some students that came in to watch the briefing during their lunch tweeted questions to ask NASA scientists and engineers. Amazingly, two of our questions were answered live on NASA TV for Block B5 to see!

Here is the press briefing that gave information about the launch and the mission. Our questions were asked and answered about the 21 minute mark. (Note: They asked our question first!)

Here is the NASA biography on Scott Higginbotham, who answered our question:

Learn more about the launch here:

Here is a video of the highlights of the ULA (United Launch Alliance) launch:

For more information on NRO GRACE CubeSATs:

Last year, while at Vandenberg, I was able to tour the first Atlas Rocket ICBM launchpad along with its museum. (See prior blog post to learn more.) The tour was given by JP Prichard, and he took some amazing photos of this October's launch from that site (shown below, and check out the constellations in the bottom right picture!)

Here are photos Mr. Prichard shared with us from when Pres. Kennedy visited the launch during the height of the Cold War (think space race and arms race.)

The following photo is the view that Nikita Khruschev had while he was on a train going through Vandenberg when he visited the United States.  

When thinking of what we have learned thus far in current events pertaining Russia, this launch is significant when studying the humanities in countless different ways, isn't it?

Besides other than how Mr. Higginbotham mentioned, how is this launch significant for the studying of humanities (social studies, English, sociology, political science, world languages, etc.)? Be sure to be specific in your comments below, and show that you read/viewed some of the information provided in this blog in your response. Your comment can respond to another's comment, but it should not be repetitive. (Hint: It might also be beneficial to see my video from last year's tour of the ICBM site/museum, . Tying the Cold War with current issues and the recent launch may be an angle to take.)

Perspectives in time. viewed from 1st complex.