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June 20-21, 2001
Von Braun Astronomical Society Planetarium
Fernbank Science Center
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Goals and Objectives for this adventure:

  • to reduce fear of science and astronomy among the Girls Scouts and to inspire a life-long interest in science and astronomy.
  • to excite the girls about solar research,
  • to involve the Girls Scouts in the methods of science, and
  • to exchange cultural ideas (about astronomy).

 

Eclipses and the Sun pin requirements:

  1. Begin by filling out a PRE-TEST containing questions about the Sun and eclipses. Discuss with your leader what else you would like to earn. You and your Leader may email questions to mitzi.adams@msfc.nasa.gov to be compiled into a Frequently Asked Questions list. This list will be posted on http://magaxp1.msfc.nasa.gov/outreach/girlscouts/.
  2. Draw a schematic diagram of a solar eclipse.
  3. Draw a schematic diagram of a lunar eclipse.
  4. Observe an eclipse either in person or by webcast. (This could be a partial or total solar eclipse or a partial or total lunar eclipse.)

  5. Requirements 5 - 7 will require the girls to observe the Moon, the Sun, and to investigate solar flares over a given period of time. Again, sign off on the requirements as your Girl Scouts complete them.

  6. Observe and log Moon phases through one cycle using the LUNAR OBSERVATIONS CHART .
  7. Use the following link to track sunspots over a period of several days (one half of a rotation).

  8. TRACKING SUNSPOTS

  9. Using the template at the following link, keep a diary of solar flares for at least two weeks and note whether they produce a geomagnetic storm.


  10. SOLAR FLARE DIARY

  11. When you finish all other requirements, fill out the post activity questionnaire. This questionnaire can be found on the back of the Eclipses and the Sun pin requirements sheet
    (If your scout attended a special planetarium about eclipses held on June 20th, 2001),
    OR
    by following the POST TEST link.

When completed, make sure that all activities have been signed off and mail your Girl Scouts' pin requirement sheets to:



Mitzi Adams
SD50
NSSTC
320 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805

 

 

 

Funding for this program by NASA IDEAS Grant 216-20-03

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Last Updated: January 03, 2007