September, 2014 | Fernbank Science Center | DeKalb County School District
Level: 8th Grade Science

Standard: GPS S8P2,a,b

Students observe energy transfer as they experiment with three types of bouncing balls.

Ball Drop Activity

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Level: Various

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Astronomy Corner

Total Lunar Eclipse, October 8th. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or umbra. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America. Click here for the NASA Map and more Eclipse Information.

Orionids Meteor Shower, October 21, 22. The Orionids is an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley. The shower peaks this year on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Source: seasky.org

Molecular Biology - Genes are Fun!

Previous Issues

Fernbank Science Center has a long and storied history with the Dekalb County School System. The science center first opened its doors December 3, 1967. Over the years, DeKalb County Schools has seen many changes, but the science center has been a mainstay. If you are interested in the history of the center, then take a look at this article from Sky and Telescope magazine in August 1968.

Sky and Telescope, August 1968, Volume 36, No. 2

National Fossil Day

Fernbank Science Center will celebrate the 5th annual National Fossil Day with an event on Saturday, October 11th from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Activities will include fossil displays, a shark tooth dig, a lecture on predators in the fossil record, and door prizes. Admission is free for all ages!

Chemistry Day at FSC

The theme for Chemistry Day this year is "The Sweet Side of Chemistry - Candy", showcasing the chemistry involved in candy and confections. Click here for more information.

Fun with Flashlights

From Earth to the Universe

From Earth to the Universe is a collection of astronomical images that showcase the most dramatic views of our Universe. The images represent the incredible variety of astronomical objects that are known to exist – planets, comets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and the clusters in which they congregate. Click here for more information.

Trick or Treat at FSC

Georgia Teacher Workshop in Paleontology
Dr. Christy C. Visaggi Georgia State University

Saturdays: Oct 25, Nov 1, Nov 15

Mapping Georgia Through Deep Time: Exploring Fossils and the History of Life using Place-Based Learning in K-12

Click here for more information

Science Article of the Month

Unlocking long-hidden mechanisms of plant cell division - Along with copying and splitting DNA during division, cells must have a way to break safely into two viable daughter cells, a process called cytokinesis. But the molecular basis of how plant cells accomplish this without mistakes has been unclear for many years. Now a detailed new model that for the first time proposes how plant cells precisely position a 'dynamic and complex' structure called a phragmoplast at the cell center during every division and how it directs cytokinesis. Read more >> | More Articles >>

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