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The 2005-2006 Electronic Field Trip calendar includes new partnerships and new adventures. Only here will you find a gathering of content, excitement and learning opportunities such as these.

The diverse partnerships developed by the Electronic Field Trip program help bring the nation's treasures to your classroom. Sign up today to go on the road across America as we focus on the museums featured in our 2005-2006 programming.

Each EFT features interactivity through a toll-free telephone number and a panel of experts to whom you can ask questions in an online discussion forum. Information about each is provided after you register.

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Just Where is that Zero-G Room?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions about training for space. Come discover the answer.

The World Year of Physics, Space Center Houston, and NASA have teamed up to bring the weightless world to the classroom. Fly inside NASA's vomit comet, the C-9, a plane that does a roller coaster ride in the sky. See how the astronauts train and conduct experiments during this wild ride. Take an inside peek at weightless research, a journey granted to only a select few! Learn about and explore the C-9 plane itself as we study it from the inside, miles above the earth and live from its hanger at Johnson Space Center, as well.

Watch as teachers test their experiments in this wacky environment and participate with hands-on, minds-on demonstrations. Become a part of the experience and learn the importance of the research and the physics behind this incredible setting. Zip up your flight suit and leave behind your preconceived notions of weightlessness and microgravity to celebrate Einstein's 100th Anniversary with an in-depth look at physics at work in and out of this world!

This three-hour EFT features three content segments. You can tune in for one of the hour segments or all three for the entire program.


Painting the Corners
    The fine art of sports is portrayed in broad brush strokes across the canvas of American culture. From advertising to motion pictures and literature to the lyrics of a Top 40 song, ours is a nation endowed by an uncommon creativity found on the field of play. Through the paintings and sculptures of America’s best-known talents – such as Warhol, Rockwell and Neiman – our social history comes alive in a colorful palette of fastballs, fashion and folk art.

Join noted film critic Jeffrey Lyons and a cast of cultural icons as a discussion of sports in popular culture unfolds with the galleries of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as the backdrop. See how the poetry of the game has impacted the American vernacular since the 19th century. With a lineup that extends from the cereal box to the big screen to the concert stage to the artist’s studio, baseball has led the evolution of sport into entertainment.

An Electronic Field Trip with appeal to music lovers, technology buffs, art aficionados and avid readers, this engaging look at the impact of athletics on popular culture is sure to capture the interest of every student. What connection exists between the Beatles and baseball? Which sport was most often portrayed on the idyllic covers of the Saturday Evening Post? How many best-selling books have been written by or about athletes? What sports paintings hang in the world’s most renowned art exhibitions? Step out of the batter’s box and buy your ticket at the box office for this blockbuster program on America’s love affair with the art of the game.


Tree-Mendous Technology

When Dr. Jess Parker, head of SERC’s Forest Ecology Lab, walks through a forest, he looks up. The forest canopy is a microclimate of its own, one that absorbs sunlight and rain, removes particles like dust and pollen, and even affects the pH of rainwater as it makes its way down to the forest floor. The forest ceiling houses the machinery of photosynthesis, controls the growth of the entire forest, and provides habitat for many organisms.

The challenge has always been how to get to the tops of these trees and collect data there. SERC scientists have developed unique ways to access these treetops, such as balloon-mounted sensors, towers and cranes. These methods are not always as fast, accurate or easy to use as scientists need them to be, and they provide a glimpse of only the outer surface of the canopy. Just recently, however, Dr. Parker developed a new instrument to measure the vertical profile of forest canopies, one that is portable and accurate. Using laser range finder technology, Dr. Parker and his staff are now seeing aspects of the forests never before seen. Developed along with the LIDAR instrument is visualization software to display the 3-D organization of canopies measured by the system. The result is the equivalent of the first CAT-scan of a forest.

During this Electronic Field Trip, students will go into a forest canopy with Dr. Parker to learn about forest ecology and the technology available to study it.


Exploring Nature's Plumbing System
    What good are caves? In a practical sense, they are nature’s plumbing system and homes to many animals. For people with various needs, values and levels of curiosity, caves provide places for adventure, shelter, and cutting-edge research. Discoveries made in caves offer us a glimpse into the past and the future and continue to lead us into future exploration. The National Park Service protects 81 sites that contain over a thousand limestone caves and lava tubes. About a dozen sites offer tours where park visitors enjoy scenic views made up of slow-growing speleothems —
what you may know as stalactites, stalagmites, cave bacon, etc. Visitors also marvel at the fish, bats and insects that call caves home, but it is microbes that are a main form of life in caves. By studying bacteria that exists underground, scientists are gaining a better understanding of how biology shapes our world and influences geology. Cave microbes may hold a key to a cure for cancer or may help us recognize life on Mars. Caves also preserve evidence of ancient cultures, such as pictographs and stone tools, and keep alive the spirit of exploration through the stories of past and current explorers.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is universally recognized as a World Heritage site and contains the deepest limestone cave in the United States and the largest easily accessible cave room in the world. The caves are known for the huge size of their chambers, that result from an unusual cave hollowing process, through Sulfuric acid dissolution.

Through this electronic field trip featuring Carlsbad Caverns and other National Park caves, participants will explore and experience live below the surface to learn more about this fascinating ecosystem (including geologic processes, the "twilight" zone, value of water, historical uses, and animal adaptations to life without sunlight, such as fish). Come discover a different world as you go underground with the National Park Service and see where the caves lead you.


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