Launch of the next ISS crew

If all goes well, the next crew of the International Space Station (the ISS) will launch on Sunday, Novemeber 13, 2011 from the  Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Keep your student informed and excited about what is happening above our planet by letting them calculate the roominess of the Soyuz transport as compared to our retired Shuttles.  Students analyze the costs and capacities of the two vehicles (Shuttle and Soyuz) and come to some conclusions, as our space agency did, about the kind of vehicle that gives the most benefit for the buck.


Solutions, editable Word doc and observations for members.

November-13th-launch-new-crew.doc     new-crew-launch-solutions.pdf

CCSS: 4.MD, 5.MD.3, 6.RP.3

Parabolic Pee

Mr. Mark's new little baby can make some amazingly tall streams.  Give your class a little chuckle as you introduce them to parabolic motion with this very short analysis of Mr. Mark's baby's talent.



Solutions for members are below.

Parabolic-pee.doc            Parabolic-pee-solution.pdf

Happy Birthday Statue of Liberty

Friday is the Statue of Liberty's 125th birthday.  Student's can practice scaling with ratios, multiplication factors, or similar figures as they engage in the news of the day, learn a little about the statue's history, see some amazing old photos and even decipher a few Roman numerals.


For members we have solutions and suggested teaching options.

 Liberty’s_125th_birthday.doc            Liberty’s-125th-birthday-solutions.pdf

Approaching Seven Billion people

To see the present world population, go here.

During the Fall 2011 the 7 billionth human on earth was born. The counter mentioned above gives updated approximations of the current world population.  When will we hit 8 billion people?  Students look at the number 7 billion, try to grasp its enormity with some comparisons, check out population, calculate some population density, work again with percents and have some fun thinking about our globe and where we live.


 Below, for members, we have a teaching guide with solutions and suggestions for extentions.

7-billion.doc             7-billion-solution.pdf             7billion-data.xls

Occupy Wall Street protest is growing

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has grown since it began on September 17th.  Students can look at charts that show percent mentions of the demonstrations and calculate the percentage of media mentions, percentage of comment  growth, and the percentages of American wealth.  Again Twitter was the prime discussion vehicle.


For members we have solutions below.

OWS-protest-growing.doc          OWS-protest-growing-solution.pdf