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STEM Connect Virtual Event

Exploding Stars and Atom Smashers: Solving the Mysteries of the Sky with Science, Math and Technology

Author: Dr. Michael Smith, Physics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory*

October 27, 1PM ET

For Classrooms (High School focus)

The night sky appears calm and peaceful -- but is actually peppered with energetic explosions that rip apart the stars. What causes some stars to explode, while others just fizzle out and fade away? How are stellar blasts related to the origin of the elements? In this classroom webinar, you and your students will find out how we use atom smashers on earth to unlock these mysteries of exploding stars. Some of the bizarre effects discussed will include cosmic cannibalism, thermonuclear traffic jams, and stellar alchemy. Students will walk away not only amazed by the perplexities of the night sky, but also with a better understanding of how physicists like Dr. Michael Smith use STEM every day to help solve these mysteries.

* Research sponsored by the Office of Nuclear Physics, U.S. Department of Energy

Subjects:  ScienceTechnologyEngineeringMathematics
Grade Level:  9101112

Types:  Virtual Events

Helen McCoy says:
21-Jun-11 07:57 AM

Very interesting site. I teach advanced classes Technology at what we call a Junior University. This site is very beneficial for them.

Vicki Fawcett-Adams says:
28-Oct-10 08:38 AM

My 7&8 graders really enjoyed this live webinar, took notes, asked questions and gave positive feedback. My Biology High School students watched the archived version with luke warm interest. I thought it was great and extremely well presented as a topic that overlapped all of the science disciplines! Thanks!

Katie O'Hare says:
21-Oct-10 10:04 AM

This webinar is intended for an audience in grades 9-12, however much of the material will be engaging and interesting for an advanced middle school audience as well.

Denise Goodrich says:
28-Sep-10 07:42 AM

I always go above and beyond, but is this to much above 4-5 grade? I will show them anyway, if there are effective visuals.

Katie O'Hare says:
27-Sep-10 03:30 PM

DeAnne, some of the concepts might be a little advanced for them, but it should still be interest and engaging for them. You are always welcome to download it and share it at a later date as well.

DeAnne Marquardt says:
23-Sep-10 12:50 PM

Would this be too advanced for a jr. high of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders?

Marcelle partridge says:
31-Aug-10 11:02 PM

I am looking forward to use some of this knowledge in my chemistry classes!

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