Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pullman is in the Newspaper!

We are famous!!! I know that you all had Mrs. Penz come into your classes last week to do an hour of code. When she visited Mrs. Barringer's class there was an extra "student," a newspaper journalist. The journalist wanted to know how and why elementary school students are learning to program. Could you tell him?

Click here to read the Pioneer Press article

Why learn to code? Watch the video below to find out!

Interested in more coding? Look at the picture below. Where is it?

See the "white" house in the back of the picture? That would be the REAL white house, where the president lives. Do you want to be famous too? You can code a light display that will ACTUALLY play on the big National Holiday Tree that you see in the front of the picture! (It even tells you what time it will play!) That is so cool! Click the link below and get coding!

Code the National Holiday Tree

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Oldest Dinosaur Discovered in Montana is from Asia!

Do you like dinosaurs? I sure do! Did you think they have all been discovered by now? If you said yes, you are wrong! The oldest horned dinosaurs in the USA was discovered in Montana in 1997, but now they have figured out these dinosaurs were originally from Asia. (I wonder how they got here?) Here is a picture of the US. Can you find Minnesota and Montana? (Hint: Minnesota is light blue and Montana is teal)

Here is the place in Montana were they discovered the fossils! (Check out the color of those rocks!) 

If you are thinking of Triceratops for our newest horned dinosaur, you are thinking a little large. The size of Aquilops, which means eagle face, is about the size of a crow. If you were alive in the time of this dinosaur you might have kept it as a pet! (Especially because if you look closely at it's teeth you may notice they are flat, which lets us infer they were herbivores-or plant eaters.) Check ou the link below to read more about Aquilops! 

Click Here to read more about Aquilops

Here is what scientists think they could have looked like. 
(We don't know for sure since skin is not be fossilized!) 

Here is Aquilops' skull fossil

What do you think, would you have liked him/her for a pet?

Friday, December 5, 2014

3,2,1 Blast Off! NASA sends spacecraft to space!

Houston, we have lift off!!! NASA sent a space shuttle to orbit, or go around, Earth. The space shuttle's name is Orion. There were no people on board, but do worry, there were some strange things that are now orbiting Earth. These include: Cookie Monster's Cookie, Ernie's Rubber Ducky, Moon Dirt, and a T-Rex Fossil. Weird, I know! But now these things circling above our heads. 

Why should you care? Orion, is a test space ship to get ready to send people to Mars. This won't be for a while though. NASA is hoping to send astronauts to Mars in 2030, which means that the astronauts are in elementary school right now. And guess what? That means YOU, could be the next person to orbit Earth and the first person to land on Mars!!! Leave a comment if you would like to be the first person on Mars. 

Here is a video of the lift off this morning (Friday, December 5th, 2014)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Flaming Turkeys?!?!

Since Thanksgiving is over now I thought I would give you a riddle... 

What do you get when you add a frozen turkey to super hot oil?
A firebird! :) 

Check out the article, and video, about why the turkey will turn into a firebird! 
It is important that you do NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!! 

How Not to Deep Fry A Turkey

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Fish Discovered near California

Scientists are making new discoveries everyday, and they just discovered a new fish off the coast of California. I have to say, it looks pretty scary! Don't worry though, it leaves deep, deep, deep in the ocean. Humans could never see it in person, since it is so deep. Scientists caught this new fish, named the Black Devil Fish (for good reason), on video. Although this fish looks large it is really only about 3.5 inches. That is smaller than my hand! This is a picture of the female....

Check out the video scientists captured! Look close and you might see the tooth that has fallen almost out of the fishes mouth. Do you think their is a tooth fairy for fish?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How Do Rocks Get Their Colors?

Have you ever asked yourself how rocks get their colors? If you answered yes, you are not the only one. The best news about that? Wonderopolis is wondering that too, which means you can read, or listen, to the answer!!!! Click the URL below to find out! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Spacecraft *Update*

Well friends, it is a sad day. On Saturday, November 15th, the spacecraft went dark, meaning it shut down. The spacecraft had enough battery to last 2.5 days and then was supposed to use it's solar panels to run. It needed 6 hours of sun to run, however, where it landed it only gets 1-2 hours. Not is all lost though, because the comet is orbiting and it might get enough sunlight to come back online. Only time will tell. Check out this video for more information.

Before it went dark, it did manage to send a few more pictures. Take a look...

Two things I still wonder about after learning about the spacecraft...
1. Will it come back online and give us more information?
2. I am evaluating whether it is right for us to send the spacecraft to the comet when we know it will be there forever. Do you think it is right for us to basically put litter in space? 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Spacecraft Lands on a Comet!

What? Did you really read that correct? 

Yes, you did! A robotic spacecraft has landed on a comet, a ball of ice and dust, between Mars and Jupiter. The spacecraft's name is ROLIS. 

Picture of the comet from ROLIS.

Why did scientists do it? They hope to learn how life began. Comets give us clues as to how life started. Check out the video for more information! (If the video doesn't show up at first, just click below and it should show up!) 

Feel free to leave comments about what you think about the comet landing below!