DIRECTIONS TO BLOOMBERG

SUMMARY:

On Saturday, July 17th, 2004, the Johns Hopkins physics and astronomy department hosted
60 girls and adults for the first "Big Explosions and Strong Gravity" event. Approximately
twenty physics and astronomy PhDs and graduate students joined four Girl Scouts (two girls,
two adults) to put on this event which included astronomers from JHU, STScI and Goddard Space
Flight Center.

The next event will occur on Saturday, June 11th, 2005 in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy.
Registration is now FULL for the event for 2005.

This activity was made possible through an education and public outreach grant from the
Chandra X-ray Center.

We thank members of the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy for saving paper towel tubes in
the months leading up to this event. We are grateful to the Masci Restaurant for donating scoops for
the ``Universe Trail Mix" activity (see left photograph at the top of this web page), to the JHU
bookstore for donating white plastic bags for the attendees' materials, and to the Chandra X-ray Center
for donating calendars and board games for prizes during the scavenger hunt and quiz. We thank Ann Field
for her generous donation of graphics design time in making name tags and the schedule.


PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE EVENT:

PICTURES 1 (GROGIN)
PICTURES 2 (SCOTT)
PICTURES 3 (THAKAR)

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE EVENT AND THE SCAVENGER HUNT LIST:

Schedule (pdf format)
Scavenger Hunt Question List (pdf format)


EVENT GUIDES FOR THE FOUR ACTIVITIES

Below are the resource materials for the four activities. We are in the
process of modifying these based upon the feedback we received. Girls from
the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Council are encouraged to contact us or
GSCM regarding earning this patch. Please email annh@pha.jhu.edu to make
arrangements for doing these patch activities.

The activities were either taken from or inspired by the Imagine the Universe lesson
plan on supernova spectroscopy:
Imagine the Universe, Spectroscopy of Supernova Remmnants

I. Rainbow Analysis

OUTLINE

II. Elements and You

OUTLINE

III. Supernova Demos

OUTLINE (PDF)

IV. Black Hole Orbits

OUTLINE
The black hole orbits activity was adapted from an Adler Planetarium activity.
There are other Adler activities concerning gravity. Please see this website:
Adler Planetarium Gravity & Black Holes Activity (under Guiding Questions, then ``How do we identify black holes?")



WOW, THAT SOUNDS GREAT! MY TROOP WOULD LOVE TO EARN THIS PATCH...

Please contact us if you are interested in coming to NASA Goddard to do activities with us (annh at milkyway.gsfc.nasa.gov)


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