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Don’t Miss Your Socially Distanced Date With Mars

Stargazers perk up — Mars is getting big and bright the coming week, as the sun, Earth and Mars line up close to a new moon on the night of Oct. 13.

The event that happens about every two years is called “opposition” in astronomy terms: the sun and Mars on opposite sides of Earth. From the earthling’s perspective, according to NASA, Mars rises in the east just as the sun sets in the west, and would stay up in the sky the whole night, setting in the west just as the sun rises.

Because we’re seeing the whole dayside of the red planet the whole week, it’s going to be ideal for viewing, writes Mikhail Kreslavsky, assistant research planetary scientist at University of California, Santa Cruz, in an email to NPR.

And because this year’s opposition is also close to the new moon, Mars will shine brighter without moonlight

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Education center to bring safe, socially distanced computer access to Price Hill students

COVID-19 has been hard on a lot of people, particularly kids trying to learn.

“There is a huge need for education, just with the gap that was naturally created through remote learning,” said Ryan Yates, director of after-school programs for the faith-based community group BLOC Ministries.

Yates and other community partners are trying to fill that gap by making sure kids in the Price Hill neighborhood have the internet access they need. BLOC has taken space in one of its buildings used for weightlifting and turned it into an education center for students who are learning at home in Price Hill. The space is equipped with about 15 laptops and individual, socially distanced spaces to encourage learning without disruptions.

“Especially with COVID and the remote learning, kids were running into internet issues where their internet wasn’t fast enough,” said Yates. “Or, they were running into technological issues, like their laptops

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Technology helps teachers rethink distanced learning

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Every teacher knows and dreads it: the look of a bored student. This school year, with a sea of new faces he’s never seen before, sixth-grade teacher Zac Hansel is more worried than usual.


“Right now, at the beginning of the year, we have one shot to get them in and keep them in,” said Hansel, who teaches at Santa Rita Elementary School in Los Altos, Calif.

That’s easier said than done when teachers are still adjusting to the challenges of teaching online, especially when the students don’t know them—and vice versa. How do you rethink a profession that hinges on personal engagement and variety to work solely through video calls and computer screens? In the time of coronavirus, teachers like Hansel are making it work with creativity, a dizzying array of new apps and software, and a lot of patience. And they’re learning a lot

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Technology helps Bay Area teachers rethink distanced learning

Every teacher knows and dreads it: the look of a bored student. This school year, with a sea of new faces he’s never seen before, sixth-grade teacher Zac Hansel is more worried than usual.

“Right now, at the beginning of the year, we have one shot to get them in and keep them in,” said Hansel, who teaches at Santa Rita Elementary School in Los Altos.

That’s easier said than done when teachers are still adjusting to the challenges of teaching online, especially when the students don’t know them — and vice versa. How do you rethink a profession that hinges on personal engagement and variety to work solely through video calls and computer screens? In the time of coronavirus, teachers like Hansel are making it work with creativity, a dizzying array of new apps and software, and a lot of patience. And they’re learning a lot along the way.

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