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Goddard Space Flight Center

Sun-Earth Day 2010: Ancient Mysteries, Future Discoveries

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Host Your Own Tweetup!

Step 1: Brainstorm ideas for your event

Where will you host it? Your house? The local library? A nursing home? Will you have other activities? (Like using solar cookers to make hot dogs! Yummm!) How many people do you want to attend? 5? 30? 200?!? (Ambitious aren't we?)

Step 2: Register your event and visit the Sun-Earth Day website

Keep checking the NASA Registration page for details!

Visit the Get Involved section of the Sun-Earth Day website for classroom ideas:

  • Lesson Plans
  • Activities
  • Public Outreach Ideas

Register for a twitter account and follow @NASA , @NASATweetup, @SunEarthDay, @NASAGoddard & @NASA_SDO

Step 3: Start advertising!

The more excited people are to attend the better turn out you'll get.

Step 4: Test your Technology

There are many ways to bring twitter and the launch into your event. Choose what works best for you!

Connect to NASA's Ustream site

  • Watch the event and read the twitter conversation at the same time.
  • You can project this for the whole crowd to see, or use on individual computers.
  • ustream

Twitter (Hash tag search link)

  • Open this as a separate page to view the conversation. Everyone talking about launch will add #SED2011 or #NASATweetup to the end of their tweet.
Twitterfall

Screenshot of Twitterfall

Twitterfall

  • Show the whole conversation in real time, scrolling down your screen using this link. This can be projected along side the live broadcast.
  • Twitterfall link.

Make sure your school's security settings allow you to access these sites if you choose to use them.

Sign up for a twitter account if you haven't already so you can join in the conversation on launch day.

Test out your connections and the websites. Make sure images are clear and you have good audio.

Step 5: Celebrate Sun-Earth Day

  • Show the whole conversation in real time, scrolling down your screen using this link. This can be projected along side the live broadcast.
  • Plan your lessons leading up to Sun-Earth Day: Get your students pumped! They will be viewing a live webcast. The Sun-Earth Day team has waited for this day - join in the excitement!
  • Submit questions for NASA scientists ONE WEEK prior to the webcast, or on the day of using the #SED2011 hash tag on twitter. Your questions may be answered on Twitter and/or on the live webcast!
  • Wear Sun-themed clothes

Make the event as much or as little as you want it to be, it's all about celebrating the beginning of many new discoveries!

NASA Fact

On April 8, 1947, the largest sunspot in modern history reached its maximum size of over 330 times Earth's area.