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Space Research Question

Page history last edited by melamcco@fc.amdsb.ca 2 years, 11 months ago

 

Problem:   How do we study space or objects in our solar system when the distances are so great and it is very difficult to support life in the environment of space? 

 

Overall Expectations:   Students should be able to assess some of the costs, hazards, and benefits of space exploration and the contributions of Canadians to space research and technology; 

 

 

Step 1:  Research Process:

Select your specific topic i.e. specific space probe or type of satellite you are going to research.  Sign up for your topic.  Make sure your topic is unique from your classmates

 

Research about the given topic using the guiding questions provided.  

 

*Check out the following link for research topics.  http://www.spaceschool.ca

 

Make a bibliography of your sources. (complete this as you conduct your research)

 Citing Electronic Sources such as a Website

 Author (Date or "n.d" if not dated). Title of document. (if given). Retrieved from <URL>

Example

Anderson, D. (2002, May 1). Social constructionism. Retrieved from; http://sites.unc.edu/~daniel/social_constructionism

 

 

Option 1:  SPACE PROBES 

Select one of the following: Cassini, Dawn, Juno, Voyager 1&2, Deep Impact, Galileo, Megellan, Mariner 1-10, Mars orbiters & Rovers

 

How is this space probe used to study planets, asteroids or our sun in our solar system?    When and where was it used?  What was their mission?  

How do space probes work?  Describe how they are put into space, how they are propelled in space, how they get their power, describe their features such as sensors, cameras & communication.

What has been learned using this technology?

How much do space probes cost to design, launch and operate?  How does the cost of this technology compare to other ways of studying our solar system.

What are the benefits of using space probes for space exploration?

What are the challenges and risks associated with using space probes?  Give specific examples.

Have Canadian scientists, government or companies contributed to the space probe programs currently or in the past. (If applicable)

 

 

Option 2:  GROUND BASED TELESCOPES 

E.g. Keck Observatory, Arecibo Observatory,

 

How is this ground level telescope used to study space?  What kind of images are produced?

How does the telescope work?  Describe the type of the structure, its structure of the telescope, its construction and its power.

Where is this telescope located?

What has been or could be learned using this technology?

How much does this telescope cost to design and operate?  How does the cost of this technology compare to other ways of our solar system and beyond.

What are the benefits of using ground level telescopes for space exploration?

What are the challenges associated with using ground level telescopes?  Give specific examples.

Have Canadian scientists, government or companies contributed to any telescope programs currently or in the past. (If applicable)

 

3:  SATELLITES

E.g.  Aster, Cloudsat. GRACE, Kelpar, Jason 1-3, Hubble

 

How is this orbiting satellite used to do space research or research on the earth?  

Where is this satellite located and how does it operate?

What has been or could be learned using this technology?

How much did this satellite cost to design, launch and operate?  How does the cost of this technology compare to other ways of studying our solar system and beyond.

What are the benefits of using satellites above our atmosphere for space exploration?

What are the challenges associated with using satellites?  Give specific examples.

Has Canadian scientists, government or companies contributed to any satellite programs currently or in the past.

 

 

Option 4   Research conducted in Space on the International Space Station 

 

What is the mission of the ISS?  What has been learned from this program? 

What kind of research occurs on the ISS?  

How much did the ISS cost to design, launch and operate?  How does the cost of this technology compare to other ways of doing research in space.  (Compare to research done using the space shuttle program.)

What are the benefits of using the ISS for space exploration?

What are the challenges and risks associated with using the ISS?  Give specific examples.

Have Canadian scientists, government or companies contributed to any ISS programs currently or in the past.

What has been or could be learned using this technology?

 

Option 5  Manned Space Craft

E.g. Mercury Missions, Apollo Missions, Space Shuttle program

 

Describe what this space craft was, its technological features and what it was used for?

How much did this space program cost to design, launch and operate?  How does the cost of this technology compare to what we do now?

What are the benefits of sending humans into space?

What are the challenges associated with these space programs?  Give specific examples.

Have Canadian scientists, government or companies contributed to these programs?

What has been learned using this technology?

 

Step 2:  Product 

 

Create an informational video about your topic using either;

     Adobe Spark Video https://spark.adobe.com/about/video  or

     Explain Everything

 

Make sure you:

*Plan and script out what you are going to say  what, when and how.  
 
*Include an Introduction: 
     Capture your audiences interest?  Use effective hooks or gimmicks.
    Clear convey your purpose& clearly outline what you will cover in your presentation.

 

*Each slide should have images or key words that support the narration.  Each question should have at least one slide.


* End with a Conclusion: 
    Reinforce your key points.
    Leave the audience with a sense of closure.
    Leave the audience with a clear understanding of how to find help and how to help others

 

Handing in your work.  Upload your video file to google drive and share it with melanie.mccowan@ed.amdsb.ca 

 

 

Summary Report Rubric

Criteria  Level 4  Level 3  Level 2  Level 1 
Provides background information about how the technology works  Student thoroughly understands the technology and how it works.  Student has considerable  understanding of the technology and how it works.   Student has some understanding of the technology and how it works.   Student has limited understandings the technology and how it works.  

Assess the; ...................space research and technology;

costs of ,

hazards of,

benefits of,

oontributions of Canadians to

 

Provides thorough information on all components Provides considerable information on all components  Provides some information on all components.  Provides limited information 

Communication 

-Clarity of information presented

-organization of ideas

-strong intro and conclusion

-flow of ideas

-use of images

-expressive voice

-use of APA format in bibliography

Communicates ideas with a high degree of clarity and precision in all criteria Communicates ideas with considerable clarity and precision in most criteria.   Communicates ideas with some clarity and precision.   Communicates ideas with limited clarity and precision.  

 

sample:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/CgMw28rHESPox

 

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