My name is Ihor Charischak and I am your guide for this year's edition of
the Asteroid Watch project. Hopefully you have had a chance to register at
our registration directory by now. Other "Get your feet wet" activities this week are to go to the teacher page at our website and view the calendar that is posted there. At the moment Week 1 has two active links: (1) the page where you can download lesson 1 of the Meteor Mysteries curriculum that was developed by NASA affiliates and (2) a short opening activity that is a suggested starting point. The goal of this first activity is get your students to think about asteroids and the impact that they might have on our planet. The assignment is to come up with the Top Ten List for why we should be concerned about "rocks falling from the sky." After you have compiled a list, email it to me and I will post it on the student part of the website.
I will be back in touch on Sunday evening to talk about Week 2 activities.
Next week you will be meeting Jason Smith (AKA Ihor - that's me) a reporter for the Armageddon News who will revealing some interesting information about last year's Project NEAR which culminated in the crash landing of a satellite on the surface of the asteroid Eros. Also he will talk about the Week 2 websites which will have its links activated by then.
Until Sunday, let me know how I can be of help.
Have a good weekend,
Asteroid Watch Collaborative Project
Stevens Institute of Technology
Center for Improved Engineering & Science Education
Hoboken, NJ 07030