Friday, January 28, 2011

Weekend Assignment #355: Science!

Sorry this is late: I needed a little extra time to think of it.

Weekend Assignment # 355: Science!
In this year's State of the Union address, the President spoke of the need for better education, particularly in math and science, and the desirability of celebrating winners of science fairs - in other words, science geeks. How good were you in science in school?

Extra Credit: Whether or not you were actually good at it in school, how much of a science geek are you now?

Here are the guidelines if you'd like to participate.

1. Please post your response no later than than 12:01 AM on Thursday morning, February 3rd, your local time. You can do this either in a blog entry of your own or in the comments section of the assignment entry. No submissions will be accepted after that time unless I really want to.

2. Please mention the Weekend Assignment in your blog post, and include a link back to the original entry. Using one of the logos shown here is encouraged but not mandatory.

3. Please come back here after you've posted, and leave a link to your entry in the comments to the assignment. Please post the URL itself rather than a live link.

4. Visiting other participants' entries is strongly encouraged!

5. I'm always looking for topic ideas. Please see the "Teacher's Lounge" page for details. If I use your idea, you will be credited as that week's "guest professor." Help me out, folks, because sometimes I run dry when doing this week after week!

6. I reserve the right to remove rude or unpleasant comments (not to mention comment spam), and to leave entries off the linking list if the person has been rude or unpleasant, or fails to mention the Weekend Assignment in the entry.

For Weekend Assignment # 354: Tour Guide, I asked where you take people who visit from out of town. Please click on the names to read the entire entries:

Anne said...
A a couple of summers ago, my Aunt Jacquelyn and Uncle Mike got in their RV with their youngest son, Matthew, and drove across the country. This was my aunt and uncle's third trip, but Matthew hadn't done it before. They chose their routes and destinations by a book based on the Food Network show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

Karen Funk Blocher said...
From there we took the freeway down to Mission San Xavier del Bac, a few miles south of Tucson on I-19. I explained that Father Eusebio Kino founded the place centuries ago but that it was built much later, by the Franciscans. I showed off the saint statues in real fabric (silk?) clothing, and explained about milagros, little charms attached to the statue of a saint as a prayer for a loved one's healing.

Really, people, I'm starting to worry again about the viability of this venerable meme. Please participate if you can this week - I'd really appreciate it!


Image credit: "Goldilocks planet" illustration by Lynette Cook, National Science Foundation.


  1. Hi Karen

    Just had to stop and tell you how neat I think the graphic looks with the special insert for this week's topic. It would be fun to see that each week if possible. Just a thought.

    Sorry I haven't participated much. I am a sucky pal, but I will try once we get done with the move and we are a little more settled in. Just been super busy the last 6 months or so. Hang in there... ok?

  2. Blech. Science.

  3. Here's mine:


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