bring a little piece of the latest generation weather satellite home

The paper model of National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) seen on yesterday’s WRAL Morning News can be downloaded from the mission website.

It’s best printed on cardstock.  There are a lot of small pieces but you dont need to be a origami expert to put together a good looking model that will make a nice addition to your book shelf.

White school glue will work but I like tacky white glue that is available from most craft stores because it cleans up just as easily but speeds things along because it’s, well, stickier.


You can also help the mission education team meet a challenge Flat Stanley style.  The team is asking for photos of the mission mascot, NPPy, in every state in the U.S.  I’m sure they’d like some photos from outside the U.S. as well.  NOAA and NASA partner with many countries weather bureaus sharing data from NPP as well as data from those countries to build up a more complete picture of the factors which impact our global weather.

Download NPPy,
add your child’s first name, photograph him in your hometown and email it to the address on the sheet.  Decorate NPPy if you like.  Fans in Kaui, HI did a nice job of giving NPPy some island flair.  Then look for your photo to appear on the NASA website in a few days.

It’s a fun project for your class, scout troop, or your family.  But please show off your hometown and avoid including people’s faces in the photo.

A new font aims to help dyslexics read more easily

Scientific American is reporting on a font developed by Christian Boer, a Dutch graphic designer, that is designed to prevent dyslexics from mentally manipulating characters on a page.  The effort comes out of a desire by the researcher for a better way to deal with his own dyslexia.  The font, called Dyslexie, became part of Boer’s masters thesis.   His design focuses on distinguishing letters by widening openings rather than making them more asthetically pleasing and balanced.
Dyslexie font (blue) compared with Arial (black) (courtesy Scientific America)
The font and Boer’s research is hoped to be especially benefitial to English readers where 1 of 5 in the U.S. are dyslexic according to the NIH.
or read the Scientific American article in the Dyslexie font here