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Last line of defense  - Raytheon website information

The Phalanx® weapon system is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled, radar-guided gun that can defeat anti-ship missiles and other close-in threats on land and at sea.

Stonehenge was built around 2500BC. New Stonehenge was built in 1975. I wonder what people with think the purpose of this structure was 5 millennium from now. Will the reason this was built be lost from the historical record? Will the conspiracy theories hold?  PDF

Quotes I found on the Pandemic:

  • This virus has done what no woman has been able to do. Cancel sports, shut down all bars & keep men at home!
  • I need to practice social distancing from the refrigerator.
  •  I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to the Backyard. I’m getting tired of the Living Room.
  • Never in a million years could I have imagined I would go up to a bank teller wearing a mask & asking for money.
I was 8 years old in 1954. I’m sure at 8 years old I didn’t volunteer for a series of 3 shots for the Salk polio vaccine. Frantic American parents -- looking for anything that could beat back the horror of polio -- offered up more than 1.8 million children to serve as test subjects.
 I remember standing in line in the school gym with my class. There were cots lined up for anyone that felt faint after getting the shot. The scent of alcohol was overwhelming, but you didn’t want to show weakness in front of your peers, so cots remained empty.
The payback was getting a neat pin and of course not getting polio. Polio was eradicated in the US.

As the year 2020 comes to an end, the tallied numbers by every country in the world show that the Covid-19 death rate is much greater than that of a seasonal Flu. The total deaths due to Covid-19 in the state of New York as of December 11, 2020 is 35,420. This is more than the total deaths, 34,200, due to seasonal Flu in the entire U.S. population during the 2018-2019 influenza season. Covid-19 is real and dangerous. I will get the Covid-19 vaccine when my turn comes up and be part of the solution in eradicating Covid-19.
Surprising Mask Math

To stop the spread of COVID-19, we need to keep the virus effective reproduction rate, Rt, beneath 1. When this happens, on average, a contagious person will infect less than one person, and the epidemic will grind to a halt. So how many people need to wear a 50% effective mask to stop the spread of COVID-19? This interactive essay lets you predict then answer to this question (
10/05/2020 - Hidden Women: The Art of WWI Camouflage (When the United States entered World War I in 1917, both men and women helped out in the war effort.
09/07/2020 - A Supercomputer Analyzed Covid-19 — and an Interesting New Theory Has Emerged- A closer look at the Bradykinin hypothesis
Thomas Smith
07/20/2020 - Phalanx -
The Raytheon Phalanx Close-In Weapon System is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled, radar-guided gun system designed to defeat close-in air and surface threats.
Spoiler alert: this is computer graphics
07/13/2020 - Cars in 1940 had about 15,000 parts and weighted 3,000 pounds. The B-24 Liberator Bomber had 450,000 parts, 360,000 rivets and weighed 18 tons. Ford was up for the challenge and produced 1 aircraft per hour at the Willow Run assembly plant helping to win World War II.
06/29/2020 - An interesting article by
By Peter Holderith who advises "The Chrysler Corporation (yes, the car company) used to have an aerospace department."
06/22/2020 - A video created by minutephysics illustrates "The Astounding Physics of N95 Masks" It is informative and interesting to realize the physics behind the mask
06/15/2020 - Lear Corp.   created a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Covid-19 book for their company.  It is  comprehensive and can be used by many companies or as a starting point for you own SOP
03/23/2020 - Shelter-in-place - Several companies have stepped forward and offered free educational assistance including Audible and Scholastic
02/17/2020 -  Rheannon chose Pangaea and Plate Tectonics as part of a presentation for a 3rd grade curriculm
  02/02/2020 - The lastest update to Kids-That-Code Manual including input by Marko Thiele (SCALE GmbH, Germany) in Chapter 11
  Rheannon is tired of coding and robotics, so it’s time to move on to other STEM activities. All children love to build structures with wooden or cardboard blocks. I decided to introduce Rhea to building “Molecules”. (pdf)
  Continuing with EV3 I made some modifications to the build so I could include all 4 sensors that came with the kit. The 2 videos shown in the pdf this week, show the Parrot drone and EV3 navigating a 1m square.
  Lego Mindstorms EV3 is for you, and if your child finds you playing with it you may have to share. Lego has certainly come a long way from the small multi-colored
brick sets. - PDF of this week's Lego Review
                                     Over the last 2 weeks Rheannon and I have been coding a Parrot Jumping Night Drone (2.86MB) These drones have been discontinued and the remaining stock is being sold at a significant discount on Amazon ($37 - $50).
  Drone Obstacle Course - Rheannon is very excited. She is old enough to enter a project in the school science fair. Her project is writing code to direct a drone to navigate an obstacle course.
  WeDo 2.0 ages 7+ pdf
I’m certain that all readers of this Blog have introduced their children to Duplo and LEGO building blocks. What you may not be aware of are the excellent LEGO Educational Kits and teacher resources.

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    OSMO   5 - 6 
   Hour of Code 3rd    6-14