Tuesday, January 27, 2009

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2009

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which occurs on January 27, is the universal commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/7 on 1st November 2005 during the 42nd plenary session to mark the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust which resulted in the annihilation of 6 million European Jews by the Nazi regime. January 27 is the date, in 1945, when the largest Nazi death camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau (Poland) was liberated by Soviets troops.


Science Fair Project Information
Title: Phrenology in America
Subject: Psychology
Grade level: High School Grades 10-12
Academic Level: Ordinary
Project Type: Descriptive
Cost: Low
Affiliation: Missouri Western State University
Year: 1999
Description: Phrenology (from Greek: "mind"; and logos, "knowledge") is a defunct field of study, once considered a science, in which the personality traits of a person were determined by "reading" bumps and fissures in the skull. Developed by German physician Franz Joseph Gall around 1800, the discipline was very popular in the 19th century. Phrenology was practiced by some scientists promoting racist ideologies, including Nazism. They used phrenological claims, among other biological evidence, as a scientific basis for Aryan racial superiority. (source: wikipedia)
Link: http://clearinghouse.missouriwestern.edu/manuscripts/83.asp

Monday, January 19, 2009

Martin Luther King Day 2009

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birthdate of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King's birthday, January 15. It is one of three United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person. King was the chief spokesman of the nonviolent civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assassinated in 1968.

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Science Fair Project Information
Title: Does Your Hair Colour Affect Your Thinking Skills?
Subject: Psychology
Grade level: Middle School Grades 7-9
Academic Level: Ordinary
Project Type: Experimental
Cost: Low
Awards: 2nd place, Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair (2006)
Affiliation: Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair (VSF)
Year: 2006
Description: Brunette and blonde male and female school kids were tested by thinking skills questionars. Results were compared, graphed and analyzed.
Link: http://www.virtualsciencefair.org/2006/loth6b2/

Thursday, January 1, 2009

International Year of Astronomy 2009

The International Year of Astronomy is a year-long celebration of astronomy, taking place in 2009 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the first recorded astronomical observations with a telescope by Galileo Galilei and the publication of Johannes Kepler's Astronomia nova in the 17th century. The Year was declared by the 62nd General Assembly of the UN. A global scheme, laid out by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), has also been endorsed by UNESCO - the UN body responsible for Educational, Scientific and Cultural matters. This initiative is an opportunity for the citizens of Earth to gain a deeper insight into astronomy’s role in enriching all human cultures. Moreover, it will serve as a platform for informing the public about the latest astronomical discoveries while emphasizing the essential role of astronomy in science education.

Science Fair Project Information
Title: Build Your Own Telescope
Subject: Astronomy
Grade level: Middle School Grades 7-9
Academic Level: Ordinary
Project Type: Building Type
Cost: Low
Affiliation: Fun Science Gallery
Description: This is a simple and cheap telescope allows the learning, structure and operation of telescopes in general. Although it is simple, it can reveal the craters of the Moon and the satellites of Jupiter. It is also very useful for demonstrating lens aberrations.
Link: http://www.funsci.com/fun3_en/tele/tele.htm