VIRGINIA BEACH STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT NORTHERN LIGHTS VIA
Students from Brandon and Landstown middle schools in Virginia
Beach, Va., will participate in a videoconference with Svein
Spjelkavik, Director of the Northern Lights Festival, in Andenes,
Norway, on March 25 at 9:30 a.m. EST.
Via NASA LIVE (Learning through Interactive
Videoconferencing Experiences), students will talk with Spjelkavik
to learn about the mysterious Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights).
From the einstein.lab - a state-of-the-art computer lab located in
the Virginia Beach school administration building - students will
learn about the myths, legends, and folklore that have revolved
around the Northern Lights throughout history.
This event is a continuation of the NASA CONNECT program,
Data Analysis and Measurement: Dancing in the Night Sky,
that premieres April 10 from 11:00 11:30 AM on PBS stations
throughout the United States and on NASA-TV. After the
videoconference, students will complete a piece of artwork on the
Northern Lights to reinforce what they learned. Their artwork will
be displayed on the NASA CONNECT web site.
In the Dancing in the Night Sky episode, students
discover how NASA scientists and engineers use satellite technology
to measure and analyze aurora data. They see how Norwegian
scientists apply the concepts of data analysis and measurement to
study the Northern Lights by using ground-based instruments and
sounding rockets. By conducting hands-on and web activities,
students will make connections between NASA research and the
mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their
NASA LIVE, a series of free two-way videoconferencing
programs available from NASA Langley Research Center, is designed
to extend and strengthen NASA's commitment to educational
excellence. It provides opportunities for learning, instructional
enrichment, and professional development for students and faculty
by engaging them in an interactive, virtual environment with NASA
NASA CONNECT, an Emmy Award winning research and
standards-based program, focuses on math, science, and technology
for students in grades 6 - 8. More than 160,000 educators,
representing over 7 million students in 50 states, are registered
with NASA CONNECT.
For more information about NASA LIVE and NASA
NASA-TV is broadcast on GE-2, transponder 9C at 85 degrees West
longitude, vertical polarization, frequency of 3800 Mhz, with audio
at 6.8 Mhz.