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Rosalind Elsie Franklin died (1958)
Rosalind Franklin (1920 – 1958) was an English chemist that used x-ray crystalography to determine the structure of molecules.  She is best known for taking the photographs that were used by Watson and Crick to determine the double helix structure of DNA.  Her role in the discovery remains controversial because she died of cancer before the Nobel Prize was awarded and her role in the discovery was relatively unknown until she was acknowledge in Watson’s book about the events. (Photograph of Rosalind Franklin from Wikimedia Commons).

Wilbur Wright born (1867)
Wilbur Wright (1867 – 1912) with his brother Orville invented the flight controls of pitch, yaw, and roll to control flight along all three axes.  The same types of controls are used in planes today.  Although others had previously had uncontrolled powered flights, the Wright brothers were the first to accomplish a controlled and sustained powered flight in 1903.

 

Celebrating Environmental Education Week: April 10 – 16, 2011
National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), the nation’s largest environmental education event held each year the week before Earth Day, inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. EE Week connects educators with environmental resources to promote K-12 students’ understanding of the environment. EE Week is a program of the National Environmental Education Foundation.

Climate Change: Collection of activities and curricula for grades K-4, grades 5 – 8, and grades 9 – 12

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