Thursday, May 19, 2011

STS-134 Daily Mission Recap - Flight Day 2

Ironhide did notice that this mission is the Ultimate Boys ONLY road trip. (He is firmly in the "Guys Rock" age range.)

Mini Unit Study: Space Shuttle Endeavour Math Day2

How fast is the space shuttle Endeavour traveling around the earth?

So we go to Real Time Satellite Tracking at which gives the location of Endeavour in latitude and longitude as well as ~ travel speed. According to this site Endeavour was traveling at 4.62 m/s during Day 2 of it's mission. That means it travels 5 miles in about a second. WOW!

So we have to do a little math to get miles per hour.

Let's start with basics:

60 seconds = 1 minute
60 minute = 1 hour

16 272 m/h

This means that the Endeavour orbits Earth (and sees a sunrise) once every 92 minutes!

We finished the day with a writing prompt titled "What would you bring on the shuttle?"

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mini Unit Study: Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch Day 1

We decided to mark of the end of the Space Shuttle program with a mini-unit study on the remaining shuttles flights.

Endeavour May 15, 2011 STS-134
Atlantis mid-July 2011 STS-135

So on May 16th we grabbed some gluten free pancakes, grapes, OJ and Matchbox Shuttle orbital to watch the launch on CNN online. Hubby was so thrilled he stayed around to watch it with us. This was after all the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour STS-134 and there were pancakes on a weekday. No matter how many launches you watch your heart races at 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and GO for lift off! It was thrilling to share it as a family.

It was a special time as we shared our memories of watching our first space shuttle launch back in 1981!

Also if you are old enough your heart stops the minute the solid rocket boosters separate with an explosion of smoke and fire. Challenger STS-51-L we will never forget.Back row (L-R): Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik. Front row (L-R): Michael J. Smith, Francis "Dick" Scobee, Ronald McNair.

“ We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of Earth' to 'touch the face of God." President Ronald Regan

Later we pulled out our shuttle and simulated Endeavour's flight path which we were tracking via the internet.
We look forward someday to seeing Endeavour in CA when it is retired later this year. Discovery is bound for the Smithsonian and the National Air and Space Museum at the same time and we will be in the opening day crowds.

More to shuttle math.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Write Shop Primary Review & Giveaway

The Write Shop Primary Review & Giveaway

Erica at Confessions of a Homeschoolers is giving away another great program.


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So hop on over to Confessions of a Homeschooler to enter for the giveaway!

Homeschooling vs Home Education?

Which do you prefer homeschooling or home education?

home·school·ing/ˈhōmˈsko͞oliNG/ Noun: The education of children at home by their parents.

home ed·u·ca·tion Homeschooling or homeschool (also called home education or home learning) is the education of children at home, typically by parents but sometimes by tutors, rather than in other formal settings of public or private school

Does it matter?