Friday, October 05, 2007

[TIPS] Carolyn Porco - the Moons of Saturn

Earth and Space Science teachers… stop what you’re doing and show this Ted Talks video.


“Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco says, "I'm going to take you on a journey." And does she ever. Showing breathtaking images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, she focuses on Saturn's intriguing largest moon, Titan,with deserts, mudflats and puzzling lakes, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice.”


This woman’s talk (and isn’t it nice that it’s a woman scientist?) was delivered with such passion and excitement that I, too, wanted to give her a standing ovation when she finished.  She talks about the exploration of the moons of Saturn and the discoveries that were made there – and the implications of those discoveries.


Show this 20 minute video to your students. Then give them a writing prompt to have them talk about what they are taking away from her talk.


Wait ‘till you see the final shot of Saturn, backlit by the sun. Maybe it was just her excitement, but it gave ME goosebumps seeing it, as well.

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