Tag: field trip

Friday’s Factoid 2 (by Titus and Joel)


This week we got to see the International Space Station fly over Hawaii. I saw it first coming over the ocean. It looked just a like a big, bright star moving really fast (Joel).

The Space Station is flying over 17,000 miles per hour and is about 220 miles above the earth. It is as big as a football field. 6 astronauts are there right now but 3 will be coming back to Earth on Sunday (Titus).


Teacher’s Two Cents (by mom)

So was it worth getting the whole family up before dawn and wandering groggily out onto the golf course to get a clear view of this man-made object? I say, “definitely yes” and the boys all agree. They loved the adventure of it but I’m just a big fan of anything that helps put what we’re learning into a solid context. The Germans make a distinction between Kennenlernen and Wissenschaft. The latter follows the usual method of gathering facts about a particular subject while the former involves using whatever means possible to really get to know that subject like you would another person. So we got to get to know the ISS a little better this week and had a grand adventure to boot!

Venus Transit of the Sun

At NOAA’s Venus Transit viewing site

School doesn’t start until Sep.4 but I wanted to include a field trip in this blog that we took at the beginning of the summer to the Natural Energy Lab here in Kona. On June 5 they set up a viewing station where people could safely view the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun. There were special telescopes to look through and NOAA was handing out nifty little viewing glasses which we took home to view the rest of the transit through. Seeing that tiny spec of a planet dwarfed by that huge glowing orb really helped put some perspective on our own planet’s size in relation to the sun. The next transit will be in 105 years! View NASA footage of transit here

One last look from our place