August, 2016 | Fernbank Science Center | DeKalb County School District
Classroom Activity
Standard: S3P1

Heat Transfer - an online game provides a model for the transfer of heat via radiation, convection, and conduction.

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Astronomy Corner

This fall there are some great opportunities to find objects bright enough to see in metro area skies. August 27 at sunset look for bright “stars” – the planets Jupiter (top) and Venus (lower) in the west. At that same time, Saturn (top) and Mars (lower) will be in the south part of the sky, above the bright star Antares. Get up early the morning of September 5th to see the International Space Station (ISS) cross the dawn sky. Look west/southwest at 6:07 AM for a bright, fast-moving dot of light. It’s highest in the northwest at 6:08 AM, and disappears at 6:12 AM. The ISS appears brighter and faster-moving than an airplane.

September Equinox - The equinox occurs September 22 at 10:21 EDT. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.

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The Planetarium is almost ready!

FSC Planetarium

The planetarium upgrade project to the SPITZ SciDome 4K Laser projection system is almost done. This new technology will create a stunning immersive environment. SciDome brings real time space and earth science into the planetarium's unique teaching environment. Immerse students in an interactive visual universe, and explore Earth’s 3D topography and layers in spectacular detail! The SciDome technologies will introduce powerful real-time simulation capabilities, with astronomy simulation powered by Starry Night software, interactive earth science driven by The Layered Earth, and human anatomy simulation from Zygote Body.

The science center will be hosting a grand opening soon! Details will be posted on our main site (fernbank.edu).

Nikon Small World Returns to FSC

Nikon Small World
1st Place - Eye of a honey bee covered in dandelion pollen (120x)

Coming in September! Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. 

Did you Know?

Did you know that birds really don't migrate because it is cold? In fact, most birds are well equipped to handle the cold (feathers are one of natures best insulators!). So why do they migrate? Read more>>

New Teacher Workshop Series 2016-17: The Natural Communities of Georgia

DeKalb County teachers of all grade levels are invited to participate in a Fernbank workshop series titled “The Natural Communities of Georgia”. Participating teachers will gain first-hand experience with the communities of plants and animals found in Georgia through a series of four field trips.

September 29, 2016; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Introductory class at Fernbank Science Center followed by field trips to two natural communities in the Piedmont: Deepdene Forest and Arabia Mt.

November 3, 2016; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Field trip to Cloudland Canyon State Park in the Cumberland Plateau.

March 23, 2017; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Field trip to Little Ocmulgee State Park in the Coastal Plain.

May 4, 2017; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Field trip to two natural communities in the Blue Ridge: Sosebee Cove and Brasstown Bald.

Participants must commit to attending all four workshops, be able to hike up to three miles, and submit a relevant lesson plan at the end of the series. The DeKalb County School District’s Professional Development Office covers the cost of substitute teachers for all workshop participants. Each teacher will receive a copy of the book “The Natural Communities of Georgia”.

The workshop is posted on Engage. To register: Open “Engage”, Select “Courses”, Search for “Natural Communities of Georgia”. Participants must register separately for all four workshop sessions. Registration is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact: Cindy Reittinger, 678/874-7144, creittinger@fernbank.edu.

Science Article of the Month

Zika infection may affect adult brain cells - A new study shows for the first time that the Zika virus can infect the mouse adult brain in regions that are vital to learning and memory. The researchers observed that infection correlated with evidence of cell death and reduced generation of new neurons. The findings suggest that the virus could have more subtle effects than have been recognized, perhaps contributing to such conditions as long-term memory loss or depression. Read More>> | More Articles >>

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