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CDE Lightband, TVA award Kenwood Middle School $5,000 in STEM Grant Funds

 

CDE LightbandClarksville, TN – In partnership with CDE Lightband, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and Bicentennial Volunteers Inc, Kenwood Middle School was awarded $5,000 in STEM grant funds. STEM at its core is a teaching philosophy that blends Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math together which offers students the opportunity to experience real-world applications.

(L-R) Energy Services Manager of CDE Lightband, John Jackson; Community Affairs Coordinator of CDE Lightband, Lindsey Pease; Principal of Kenwood Middle School, Marlon Heaston, Kenwood Middle School student, Brooklyn Ward (8th grade); Kenwood Middle School student, Kwace London (7th grade); Computer Literacy teacher at Kenwood Middle School, Chad Ward; Kenwood Middle School student Joshua Robinson (8th grade); Plant Manager of TVA Cumberland Fossil Plant, Mike Rawlings; Engineering Manager of TVA Cumberland Fossil Plant, Jim Alberda.

(L-R) Energy Services Manager of CDE Lightband, John Jackson; Community Affairs Coordinator of CDE Lightband, Lindsey Pease; Principal of Kenwood Middle School, Marlon Heaston, Kenwood Middle School student, Brooklyn Ward (8th grade); Kenwood Middle School student, Kwace London (7th grade); Computer Literacy teacher at Kenwood Middle School, Chad Ward; Kenwood Middle School student Joshua Robinson (8th grade); Plant Manager of TVA Cumberland Fossil Plant, Mike Rawlings; Engineering Manager of TVA Cumberland Fossil Plant, Jim Alberda.

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My NASA Data Contributes to Virtual Science Learning

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationHampton, VA – With schools nationwide returning to virtual learning due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the need to find quick and educational content is paramount. One NASA initiative looks to close the science-information gap.

“Teachers now more than ever need high-quality digital resources that are aligned to standards and engage students in critical skills like data analysis and interpretation,” said Jessica Taylor, a physical scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

The My NASA Data visualization tool, Earth System Data Explorer (ESDE), helps learners visualize complex Earth System data sets over space and time. (CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain)

The My NASA Data visualization tool, Earth System Data Explorer (ESDE), helps learners visualize complex Earth System data sets over space and time. (CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain)

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APSU Scientist helps Tennessee Middle School launch high-altitude Balloon over 106,000 feet

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On a sticky August morning, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) professional mad scientist traveled to Gainsboro, Tennessee, to help Michael Vigeant’s middle school students launch a science balloon over 106,000 feet into the sky.

The Jackson County Middle School high-altitude balloon rose more than 20 miles into the sky, capturing stunning images. (APSU)

The Jackson County Middle School high-altitude balloon rose more than 20 miles into the sky, capturing stunning images. (APSU)

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NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft data reveals Critical Information about Planetary Formation

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – Data from NASA’s New Horizons mission are providing new insights into how planets and planetesimals – the building blocks of the planets – were formed. 

The New Horizons spacecraft flew past the ancient Kuiper Belt object Arrokoth (2014 MU69) on January 1st, 2019, providing humankind’s first close-up look at one of the icy remnants of solar system formation in the vast region beyond the orbit of Neptune.

The uniform color and composition of Arrokoth’s surface shows the Kuiper Belt object formed from a small, uniform, cloud of material in the solar nebula, rather than a mishmash of matter from more separated parts of the nebula. The former supports the idea that Arrokoth formed in a local collapse of a cloud in the solar nebula. (NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Roman Tkachenko)

The uniform color and composition of Arrokoth’s surface shows the Kuiper Belt object formed from a small, uniform, cloud of material in the solar nebula, rather than a mishmash of matter from more separated parts of the nebula. The former supports the idea that Arrokoth formed in a local collapse of a cloud in the solar nebula. (NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Roman Tkachenko)

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NASA Scientists project how Antarctica Ice sheet melting changes Sea Levels hundreds of years into the future

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – There are two primary causes of global mean sea level rise – added water from melting ice sheets and glaciers, and the expansion of sea water as it warms. The melting of Antarctica’s ice sheet is currently responsible for 20-25% of global sea level rise.

But how much of a role will it play hundreds of years in the future?

Scientists rely on precise numerical models to answer questions like this one. As the models used in predicting long-term sea level rise improve, so too do the projections derived from them.

Thwaites Glacier. (James Yungel, NASA)

Thwaites Glacier. (James Yungel, NASA)

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Data reveals Saturn’s Rings may have formed much later than the Planet

 

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – The rings of Saturn may be iconic, but there was a time when the majestic gas giant existed without its distinctive halo. In fact, the rings may have formed much later than the planet itself, according to a new analysis of gravity science data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

The findings indicate that Saturn’s rings formed between 10 million and 100 million years ago. From our planet’s perspective, that means Saturn’s rings may have formed during the age of dinosaurs.

An artist's concept of the Cassini orbiter crossing Saturn's ring plane. New measurements of the rings' mass give scientists the best answer yet to the question of their age. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

An artist’s concept of the Cassini orbiter crossing Saturn’s ring plane. New measurements of the rings’ mass give scientists the best answer yet to the question of their age. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Tennessee Department of Education reports that over 50 percent of Public High School Seniors raise score on ACT Senior Retake

 

Tennessee Department of Education

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Interim Commissioner Dr. Lyle Ailshie announced today that 76.1 percent of the state’s public high school class of 2019—53,478 students—participated in the department’s third ACT Senior Retake opportunity in October 2018, the state’s highest participation rate on record.

Of those seniors who retook the ACT in 2018, more than 50 percent increased their composite score from their junior year score, a 10.2 percent point increase from 2017.

Highest participation rate on record, 3,800 new students now eligible for $61.2 million in scholarships.

Highest participation rate on record, 3,800 new students now eligible for $61.2 million in scholarships.

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NASA states Subsurface Lake may exist at Mar’s South Pole

 

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA reports that a new paper published in Science this week suggests that liquid water may be sitting under a layer of ice at Mars’ south pole.

The finding is based on data from the European Mars Express spacecraft, obtained by a radar instrument called MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding). The Italian Space Agency (ASI) led the development of the MARSIS radar. NASA provided half of the instrument, with management of the U.S. portion led by the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The view of Mars shown here was assembled from MOC daily global images obtained on May 12th, 2003. (NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems)

The view of Mars shown here was assembled from MOC daily global images obtained on May 12th, 2003. (NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems)

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2018 TNReady Scores Show Mixed Results, Encouraging Areas of Progress

 

Tennessee Department of Education

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville TN – Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen announced the 2018 TNReady student assessment results, sharing that while results vary statewide, there are encouraging trends – including strong growth in English language arts for elementary grades and improvement in high school math.

Students in historically disadvantaged student groups also showed notable progress. Gaps between student groups narrowed in multiple areas, and students in Priority schools – including the Achievement School District – grew faster than their non-Priority school peers nearly across the board.

Tennessee Students improved most in early grades reading, narrowed achievement gaps; show need for deeper, more sustained work to support improvement.

Tennessee Students improved most in early grades reading, narrowed achievement gaps; show need for deeper, more sustained work to support improvement.

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover discovers Ancient Organic Molecules on Mars

 

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet. While not necessarily evidence of life itself, these findings are a good sign for future missions exploring the planet’s surface and subsurface.

The new findings — “tough” organic molecules in 3-billion-year-old sedimentary rocks near the surface, as well as seasonal variations in the levels of methane in the atmosphere — appear in the June 8th edition of the journal Science.

NASA's Curiosity rover has discovered ancient organic molecules on Mars, embedded within sedimentary rocks that are billions of years old. (NASA/GSFC)

NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered ancient organic molecules on Mars, embedded within sedimentary rocks that are billions of years old. (NASA/GSFC)

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