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Jul
19
2018

Subscribe to the Opps For B.A.T.S. Newsletter!

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

Our Bay Area Teen Science (B.A.T.S.) program aims to provide San Francisco Bay Area teenagers with the most up-to-date information available on current STEM learning and career building opportunities. Some of the best science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, internships, and events for teenagers in the country are in the Bay Area, including many that are completely free for participants. Yet, far too often large numbers of local teens remain unaware of them, or find out about them too late. But through the B.A.T.S. network of STEM education providers and other connections, we’re in a position to alert Bay Area teens to these opportunities as soon as they are announced. In fact, for years now, these "breaking news" alerts have been regularly posted on our Facebook page and home page. However, a survey of almost 700 Bay Area teenagers made it clear that teens would prefer to get such information through email, and so we responded with the Opps For B.A.T.S. newsletter!

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Feb
02
2018

The Groundhog and the Candle

Posted by Bryan Mendez
Bryan Mendez

February 2nd is celebrated in the United States as both Groundhog’s Day and Candlemas, or Dia de la Candelaria in Spanish. Both celebrations have their roots in astronomical events.

Candlemas (Dia de la Candelaria) is a Christian celebration of the presentation of Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem, commemorating Mary's ritual purification after her childbirth. Following ancient Hebrew tradition, this took place 40 days after Jesus was born. Therefore, Candlemas is now celebrated 40 days after Christmas (Dec 25) on February 2nd. Some people do not remove Christmas decorations until this date, as it marks the end of the Christmas season.

These dates are where the first astronomical connection comes into play.

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Nov
28
2017

Eclipse Megamovie Photo Release

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

Our Eclipse Megamovie Project is a first-of-its-kind citizen science project that enlisted thousands of volunteers from locations across the United States to capture images of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. These individual photos are being stitched together to give us an extended look at the sun’s atmosphere. We’ve always intended to make these images public as well, and we’re pleased to announce that the first of many access points is finally available!

 

 

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Oct
23
2017

Solar Week: October 23-27 Celebrating Our Sun-Earth Connection

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

a week of Solar WeekDo you have any questions about the eclipse to ask leading solar scientists? This week, Oct. 23-27, post any sun-related question for NASA Solar Week. Or you can ask a question on Twitter, or email.

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Sep
12
2017

Eclipse Megamovie!

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

Were you along the path of totality for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017? If so, we hope you participated in the Eclipse Megamovie Project! We wanted as many photos of the eclipse as we could gather, and created a special upload site for the public to submit their photos (such as the beautiful composite at top left). Here are three ways to watch the incredible results. First, a mini-documentary from Google: Chasing Totality: the Making of the Eclipse Megamovie. Next, The Crowd & The Cloud also made a road trip from Charleston SC to Dubois WY to hear from many of the enthusiastic volunteer photographers contributing to the Eclipse Megamovie project. And here is a 360 degree video capturing the event in virtual reality!

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Aug
15
2017

Join Us August 21st: Eclipse Megamovie

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

If you will be along the path of totality for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, then we hope you can participate in the Eclipse Megamovie Project! We want as many photos of the eclipse as we can gather, and we will have a special upload site for the public to submit their photos.

You don’t need special equipment to be part of history. You can also use apps like the free Eclipse Megamovie Mobile app (available now on Android and iOS) to plan for the eclipse, automatically take photos, and share images and data with project scientists.

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Jun
02
2017

Full Spectrum: Documentary Film Project

Posted by Bryan Mendez
Bryan Mendez

collage of diverse people“The stars are there for everyone to see, and anyone can study their mysteries.
 
Ask anyone in the United States to picture a space scientist, do an internet image search for ‘scientist,’ ‘astronomer,’ or ‘physicist,’  or open up a children’s book about different careers and you will overwhelming get pictures of white men in white lab coats holding flasks of colored liquids. Putting aside the colorful liquids and lab coats, why are they mostly white men?
 
The truth is, if the average American has ever encountered an actual space scientist they probably were a white man. About 80% of space scientists in the United States are men, and 80% are white.
 
Full Spectrum is a documentary film project telling the stories of research scientists and engineers who identify with groups underrepresented in the space sciences in the United States (African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, Women, LGBTIQ people, and persons with disabilities).
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Tags: diversity multiculturalism
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Mar
06
2017

B.A.T.S. is Hosting Two Major Events

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

cartoon of mice in hot air balloonThis March, Multiverse's Bay Area Teen Science (B.A.T.S.) initiative is hosting two major events. First, all Bay Area high school students are invited to the FREE B.A.T.S. Teen Career Conference on Saturday, March 18th at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens. Visit the Teen Career Conference web page for full details and to register. The second event is for education professionals who provide STEM learning and career building opportunities for San Francisco Bay Area teenagers through afterschool and other "out-of-school time" programs, and for those who want to better connect with this community. This first ever B.A.T.S. Professionals Conference is also free to attend and will be held Tuesday, March 28th at UC Berkeley.  Visit the Professionals Conference web page for additional details and to register. 

But what is B.A.T.S. and how did it all get started? The B.A.T.S. initiative began back in early 2011 when Multiverse sought other teen programs to partner with for a nighttime science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) themed event run by teenagers for teenagers. learn more...



Tags: Bay Area career educator science teen teens zoo
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Feb
17
2017

Eclipse Road Trip, Leg 2: Feb. 21-24, 2017

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

We are coming to South and North Carolina to talk about the August 21st, 2017 total solar eclipse!

ROADTRIP - Follow Multiverse on our second “leg” through South and North Carolina as we travel the end of the path of totality over the US February 21-24, 2017 to raise awareness in local communities about many eclipse opportunities and educational resources, including our Eclipse Megamovie project. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook. You can also follow Dr. Laura Peticolas and Darlene Yan on their personal Twitter accounts. Their opinions are their own and do not reflect the views of Multiverse or University of California, Berkeley.
ECLIPSE MEGAMOVIE PROJECT - Through its Making & Science initiative, Google will be working with Multiverse on the Eclipse Megamovie project, as well as working with educators and nonprofits around the country.

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Jan
27
2017

Webinar Series: Interpreting the Great American Total Solar Eclipse

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

Eclipse 2017 logo For the first time in over a century,  a total solar eclipse will be visible over the entire United States, August 21, 2017. To help you prepare for the many thousands of additional visitors expected at public sites, please join any or all of our Eclipse 2017 webinars, developed and presented by Earth to Sky and NASA Heliophysics Educator Consortium.

About the Webinars
Through interactive sessions, the Earth to Sky Interpreting the Eclipse webinar series will provide opportunities for interpreters and other informal educators to learn from NASA experts about the science and mechanics of a total solar eclipse.
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