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Pink Moon April 7 and 8, 2020

    pinkmoonTonight brings the brightest moon of 2020!

Tonight’s Supermoon is also known as a “Pink Moon,” the first full moon of spring. Native Americans named this moon because of the pink phlox that blooms around this time. It has special names in other countries too such as Bak Poya, Egg Moon, Full Sprouting Grass Moon, Growing Moon or the Full Fish Moon. STEM Alert: Not all Pink Moons are also Supermoons. A Moon has to come within 90% of its closest approach to Earth (or 224,865 miles) to be formally defined as a Super Moon.

STEM Alert: The Pinkish hue (sometimes more orange if you are in a city), is from photons passing through dusty particles in the Earth’s atmosphere. Earth’s atmosphere of oxygen and nitrogen filters the bluer wavelengths (through refraction) of moonlight so your eyes may see more of a pink tone. Full moons also have some tide effects.

If you need a break from being inside, tonight’s the night!

pink moon and Ruby by Helen Teague

If you would rather view the Pink Moon virtually, here are some fun resources:
Astronomy Briefing https://youtu.be/WNlgftoWaHI

April’s ‘pink moon’ is the biggest supermoon of 2020.

Click on the linked text to learn how to catch Tuesday’s ‘pink moon, the biggest supermoon of 2020.

#PinkMoon #PinkSupermoon

Pink Moon by Vickie B

STEAM Alert: What’s in a Name? The Almanac pairs the other named moons with their date of appearance:
Wolf Moon – January 10
Snow Moon – February 9
Worm Moon – March 9
Pink Moon – April 8
Flower Moon – May 7
Strawberry Moon – June 6
Buck Moon – July 5
Sturgeon Moon – August 3
Full Corn Moon – September 2
Hunter’s Moon – October 1
Beaver Moon – November 30
Cold Moon – December 30

There is also a connection between the Pink Moon and Nick Drake.

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Best Hero of the Day ~ Anonymous Acts of Kindness

This time in our global experience inspires the heroic acts of compassion, sharing, and service by public-facing people. 

Yet, there are also unannounced, quiet acts of service by equally heroic people, who asked to remain Anonymous:

~ The neighbor from another street, who mows the grass of a teacher and single mother who is now teaching her class of 4th graders from home. She keeps missing her stealthy neighbor, but their service allows her kids to play outside.

~ The high school teacher who, concerned about the business needs of her local bakery, buys loaves of banana bread and zucchini bread to deliver to postal carriers, gas station attendants, trash truck operators, and school cafeteria workers who daily continue in their jobs.

~ The young doctoral student who sends surprise, whimsical care packages to individual family since she can’t travel to see them. 

~ The nine year-old who, after a surprise daybreak coffee brew for his Mom, who teaches from home, has made this act of love a daily morning occurence.

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~ The thoughtful neighbor who quietly left a roll of toilet paper and a box of tissues at the door of each of the families in the apartment complex where they all live. 

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Thank you for all these unselfish gifts! 

Who is the Anonymous Hero of the Day in your corner of the world? What can you do (or have done) to be an Anonymous Hero of someone’s day? Leave a comment to add to this post. 

 

 

 

 

 


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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ April 3

“Courage uses the same neural pathways in the brain as fear.” ~Dr.Marc Siegel

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Free Kindle Book Download: Hank The Cow Dog

Younger learners can have their own online book to read as they learn from home! 

Hank the Cow DogThe Case of the Haystack Kitties (Hank the Cowdog Book 30) is free for the next couple of days as an ebook on Amazon. (It’s normally $4.79 in digital format.)

Story Summary: Hank has his paws full when he discovers a mother cat and six kittens trespassing in a haystack on his very own ranch. (Have we mentioned cowdogs don’t like cats?) Join Hank as he is trapped in a runaway pickup, surrounded by a herd of stray cats, and forced to battle a raging bull. Can Hank stop the cats from taking over his ranch?

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Thanks to Lori Gracey of TCEA, for the news of this offer!

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Best Hero of the Day~ Hawley High School Art Students

Hawley, Texas Art Students Reach Out to Older Adults

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but during Social Distancing, it is also worth a thousand smiles! Hawley High School art students leveraged their artistic talents in community service to the legacy citizens of their neighborhoods.

“Art just kind of, it just cheers everyone up,” said Hawley High School sophomore Kaylee Grisham.

“We want to show that with all this chaos going on, there’s still things that we can do that can make an impact,” said Hawley High School junior Lexi Smith.

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Read more information from the original reporting by at this link

 

 


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Best Hero of the Day ~ Dr. Stephen Richardson and Jim McGurran

To combat a potential availability or shortage of ventilators due to the COVID-19 pandemic calls for “MacGvyer style” engineering.

Dr. Stephen Richardson, Cardiac Anesthesiologist at the University of Minnesota and his best friend Jim McGurran, biomedical engineer redesigned a CPR machine to function as a one-arm robot ventilator.

The Cost? $150.00. Listen to their brilliance …

 

“This allows those patients who would otherwise not have an opportunity to survive to survive it gives people a chance and that’s what this is all about.” ~Dr. Stephen Richardson, University of Minnesota. 

 

Read and Learn more at this link

Video Source: U of M doctor constructs ventilators to battle COVID-19, March 23, 2020. YouTube link: https://youtu.be/gw5LPx6LCjc

Read more link source: Whooley, S., (March 23, 2020) University of Minnesota researcher touts makeshift $150 ventilator to treat coronavirus. Retrieved from https://www.massdevice.com/university-of-minnesota-researcher-touts-makeshift-150-ventilator-to-treat-coronavirus/

 

 


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E-Learning- What’s Working for You!

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ March 27

“Today is yours to shape. Create a masterpiece!”
~Steve Maraboli

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Gratitude from India for Helpers

A Friend in India shared this message in a group post, “The whole of India came on their balconies/windows at 5pm today to show gratitude to the healthcare workers and everyone who has been providing us assistance in this crisis…People were clapping, whistling,ringing bells, all sorts of things for good 20 mins or more…I had goosebumps and tears rolling down the whole time…Would like to say a big Thank you to all the healthcare workers,cops,staff at grocery and pharmacy stores and everyone else who’s putting their life at stake to keep us safe,Thank you so much!”

🙏   Thank you, Neha Ahen! 

Is something similar possible in your town/neighborhood? Today would have been Mr Rogers’ 92nd birthday. I’m thinking about our neighborhoods today and those who serve to keep those neighborhoods safe. Is there a way for us to follow India’s example?

 

 

 

View Link: https://4oops.edublogs.org/files/2020/03/IndiaGratitudeMarch22Teague.mp4

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Best Hero of the Day ~ Wylie and Abilene ISD High School Robotics

                                                                                                        Students from Abilene, Wylie, and ATEMS High Schools are using their time productively during school closure. They are working collaboratively to build a robot for service at local Abilene hospital, Hendrick Hospital. The robot will help hospital staff to keep a safe distance by rolling in and out of hospital rooms. 

Community and Business partnerships leverage the project. Tiger Manufacturing, a local manufacturing company is providing covers for the robot. “The cover we build allows them to cover [the wiring], and so when they’re sanitizing it going from room to room, that allows them to sanitize it completely, smoothly and less contamination going from one person to the next,” Tiger Manufacturing Service Parts and Sales manager Troy Miller.

According to Wylie High School engineering and science teacher Andy Hope, “We just got them all together and started working, and seeing them work it’s the best feeling you can have as a teacher. Seeing them take the stuff they learn in the classroom and apply into real life.”

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: March 25: This story featured online at this link

 


 

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