Visitors learn about Mercator maps and why the compass rose is important for navigation. There are four decorative compass roses on this map and numerous rhumb lines. Outside the visitors center is a human sunclock!
This group surprised us! These 5th graders worked on a voronoi map, observed voronoi patterns in a microscope and on animals and participated in a lively discussion on cholera and epidemiology. When we got to the iPad demo of circles colliding one young man watching the patterns emerge from colliding circles said “this is so satisfying”. With overcast skies, we
Theme: Get Outside! We did some survival math, sunlight tracking and compass rose designs. You can find a straight line from West to East if you track the shadow of a stick and mark its top over time. Then you can find North and South and relate that to a compass rose on a map and find your way.
Exhibits Director Josh Ransom sent some wonderful progress pictures showing the improvements they are making to the human sunclock at the Austin Nature and Science Center. Its a great place to visit on a field trip and initiate discussions and activities about geometries of sunlight striking a spherical earth.
We were enthused about being back at the Austin Nature and Science Center for Austin Museum Day! Activities included visiting the Human Sunclock, which unfortunately was not fully functional due to it being a cloudy day with only brief moments of sunlight. However, that didn’t stop people from going over and still visiting. Other activities were using navigational quadrants and
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