Here, There & Everywhere: Science through Metaphor, Near and Far

Check out the most recent report on the Here, There & Everywhere project in the latest edition of the “Communicating Astronomy with the Public” journal. The article “Here, There & Everywhere: Science through Metaphor, Near and Far” by Kimberly Arcand & Megan Watzke can be downloaded as a free pdf. The piece describes the following:

Abstract: The use of metaphors in teaching and learning has a long-standing history. Metaphors can be an effective way to make something new seem less daunting by comparing it with something more familiar. This technique of equating different or disparate things can help complex concepts become more understandable and accessible. The power of the metaphor is discussed in this article, which explores a recent public science project from the Chandra X-ray Center called Here, There and Everywhere. This project attempts to utilise analogy in effective science communication, as well highlighting the dangers that come alongside the use of metaphor and analogy. The article will also look at other areas where metaphors may be usefully implemented in astronomy communication, such as for upcoming programmes, including the International Year of Light 2015.
-Kim Arcand, Chandra

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Here, There & Everywhere at the South Holland Public Library

Here, There & Everywhere was exhibited at the South Holland Public Library, IL from July 3 – 30, 2014 with over 600 visitors, and held in conjunction with the Summer Reading program. Eighty participants turned in answers to the weekly Scavenger Hunt science questions on the exhibit content. The library also exhibited Chandra’s “Aesthetics & Astronomy” exhibit that includes additional & related astronomical objects to learn about. Several programs were held at the library to echo the themes in the exhibit including:
“Blowing in the Wind” for ages 7 – 9 (10 participants)
“Flashin’, Zappin’, Making things happen” on light and electricity for ages 9 – 12 (12 participants)
“Bridge Building”, on engineering & architecture for ages 9 – 12 (11 participants)
“Eyes on the Sky” on constellations (14 participants)
Local Islamic school tour (12 participants)

-Meg Klinkow Hartmann | Library Director | South Holland, Illinois

picts Credit South Holland Public Library

Here, There & Everywhere at the South Holland Public Library


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HTE Visits Sioux City, Iowa for April 2014:

In conjunction with the Here, There, & Everywhere exhibit, North High School hosted 5 outside speakers/events to further the students’ understandings of the concepts in the exhibits. The events included:

Speaker: Theresa Weaver-Basye (Sioux City Public Museum)
Topic: Rockets (The Shape of Speed)
Synopsis: Students made rockets out of paper, then launched them with a launcher made from pvc pipes and a 2 liter bottle. After launching, we made adjustments for speed, then launched them again and checked the results.

Speaker Officer Lynn Olesen
Topic: Accident Investigation
Synopsis: Students watched an officer put down a skid mark, measure it and figure out how fast he was driving to create it. Officer Olsen also shared other accident investigation information.

Speaker: Jordan Menning
Topic: Building Wind Turbines
Synopsis: Students designed a functional wind turbine based on their knowledge of wind energy and created a wind turbine of their own and tested its performance.

Speaker: Mr. Lenz’s PLTW students
Topic: Building Engines that Create Electricity
Synopsis: Our own Project Lead the Way students shared the theory behind how engines/machines produce energy and then mentored teams to build the most efficient machine.

Speakers: Dr. Todd Young and Dr. Adam Davis (Wayne State College, Fred G. Dale Planetarium in Wayne, NE)
Topic: Everyday Physics

North High School Learning Commons Sioux City, Iowa

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HTE & Science4girls during Women’s History Month

Here, There, and Everywhere ran from Mar. 5 –30, 2014 at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library in Huntsville, Alabama. Coordinated with NASA’s “science4girls” program for Women’s History month, HTE events included two programs led by women experts on the topics of physics and weather. Two more programs were hosted on astrophotography and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory with other local experts. Youth services hosted Science club event for kids. Special programs hosted 83 visitors with thousands of participants in the exhibit overall.

Programs included:

March 6, 2014 – Here, There, and Everywhere

Doreen Forsythe, Solar System Ambassador, discussed the NASA exhibit on display at the Library, Here, There, and Everywhere. She showed how to apply our knowledge of daily experiences to understand universal laws of physics on grander scales, and in very different environments.
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HTE Visits the Manatee County Public Library System

The Manatee County Public Library System hosted the Here, There and Everywhere exhibit for February 2014. The exhibit was open to the public at our Central Library in Bradenton, FL. We conducted about 30 programs county-wide at all of our locations, the farmer’s market and at the South Florida Museum. Programs included: using telescopes to look at the night sky, a simulated space mission, hands-on experiments using the activity kits from HTE, children’s storytimes based on stars and space, model rocket launches, astronomy lectures for adults, and Mad Science labs for kids. We had a great time turning the exhibit into a whole series of events for February, and we engaged over 1000 people with in-house and outreach programs! Our door count for the Central Library was 24,000, and a majority of visitors checked out the exhibit.

Ericka Dow, Librarian III, Adult Services Supervisor, Manatee County Public Library System www.mymanatee.org/library

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HTE in January 2014

The Clearwater Valley High School Library & Grangeville High School Library in Idaho hosted the Here, There & Everywhere exhibit for January 2014. Specifically focusing on how physics relates to our everyday world, the hands-on activities were the biggest hit with students and adults. Elementary students were bussed to the high school and local private school students visited while high school student volunteers helped manage the hands-on stations. The exhibit was also open to the public during the evening. “It was extra work to manage such a large exhibit, but it was definitely worth it and it gave our students a different view of the high school libraries,” said school district librarian, Lynn Johnson. “I was excited to see how our building librarians recruited students to help and encouraged community wide participation.”

Credit: Clearwater Valley High School (Kooskia, Idaho).


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HTE Visits the Marshall Public Library (IL)

December 2013: We had a really nice response and gave tours to several school classes (entire grades!) and tonight a 4-H Club. Everyone who tours it was very impressed. Equally impressive are our local “tour guides”. They really added a lot to the exhibit! It’s been exciting to see people come to the library for this exhibit, since we normally do things more along the lines of history, art, or culture. I love it! And we’ve had some great press coverage as well. Events:


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HTE Travels to Aurora University Phillips Library

HTE Visits Aurora University, Phillips Library

Aurora University Phillips Library hosted the Here, There, and Everywhere exhibit for the month of October 2013. During that time, we had 38,523 people come into the library. Because of the placement of the exhibit, all of these people saw this exhibition. We had many students come through the exhibit, or stop and see the exhibition while taking a break from their studies. We also saw people from the surrounding community see the show as well, including children. We received phone calls and queries about the show.

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Different Flavor of Eclipse

Photographed by the Expedition 31 crew aboard the International Space Station and easily spotted at top center in this image is the gray shadow of the moon, cast on bright clouds of the northern Pacific Ocean, as the May 20 solar eclipse point tracked towards the Aleutian Islands and then on to northern California.
© Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center. “The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.”

One of the most ubiquitous phenomena in the Universe is light being blocked. We see this on Earth all of the time in everyday situations in the form of the common shadow.

When planets and moons get involved, things can get more interesting. Take the case of this past weekend. Many parts of our planet experienced what is called a “hybrid eclipse.” There are lots of good explanations of exactly what this means at places like the Christian Science Monitor and Universe Today.

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Here, There, and Everywhere Hosted in Texas

Here, There and Everywhere (HTE) was recently displayed between August 1 and 28 at the Irving Central Library in Texas. Visitors learned how everyday experiences on Earth and across the universe are connected by the laws of physics. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Irving Central Library planned a robust series of programs for the month of August to help ignite students’ interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) — just in time for the new school year.

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