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Teacher Magazine online provides this news:
Disney’s “Toy Story” space cadet Buzz Lightyear has had a dream to take a “real” mission into space. As part of NASA’s Toys in Space program and Disney’s Space Ranger Education Series, Buzz recently got his wish to go “to Infinity and beyond…”
He traveled with the seven-member crew of Space Shuttle Discovery on Mission STS-124 to the International Space Station.
Buzz will spend the remainder of the summer on the ISS where he — or presumably a scientist channeling his avatar — will experiment with flying in zero gravity.
NASA and Disney’s Youth Education Series provide an interactive Web feature documenting Buzz’s adventure: http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/Buzz_Lightyear/web/. It includes a
- daily blog and audio commentary from Buzz discussing aspects of the mission and life in space.
- There will be five student “missions”, including math and science games for K-5th graders. Students will be able to go on the mission to “Load the Shuttle,” for example. K-2nd graders can select a combination of weights to equal the shuttle’s contents; 3rd-5th graders can experiment with metric conversions.
- Other missions explore concepts of zero gravity, and outline the history and influence of space technology on everyday life.
The site will be up until December 2008.
source: www.teachermagazine.org; online article by Vicki Kriz on 6/12/08
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