"Alone we are smart, together we are brilliant". Steven Andersen PROJECTS Monday, March 30 Art: Watch the youtube videos on the element of space and the element of value on 'Dojo Elements of Design'. See my example of the element of space and the element of value by selecting 'More" on the top menu bar then selecting 'Links for Students'.
Wednesday, February 5th A.D.S.T Project Race Car Purpose: The purpose of the project is to discover and explore the scientific concepts of motion, force, speed, velocity, acceleration, momentum, friction, mass and gravity. The purpose is also to practise planning, designing, collaborating, researching and building, The purpose is also to have loads of fun!!
Task: Your task is to build a vehicle designed for speed and distance, as well as have stability, durabilityand strength.
Materials: You will need some building materials such as cardboard, straws, popsicle sticks, a plastic bottle, … (regular household items) or materials such as Lego, Knex, Meccano…. No kits or instruction manuals are allowed. Creativity and scientific knowledge will be essential for the project. A storage container with a lid and your name on it is necessary for storing your building materials.
Criteria for the Model Size Vehicle:
Options: 1.) Your vehicle can be designed to travel down an incline plane (ramp)and along the racetrack (hallway floor). It would therefore be powered by the slope. No other type of force would be added to the car. OR 2.) Your vehicle may be powered and tested along the flat racetrack (hallway floor).For example, it may be powered using elastic bands (elastic potential energy), balloons (air pressure)…. It may not be powered using electricity such as a battery or motor.
3.) Physical characteristics to consider for optimal performanceof your vehicle are: overall sizeand shape (aerodynamics),as well as wheel size,tread surfaceand weight. Consider ways to maximize speed, velocity, accelerationand momentumand reduce negative effects of friction, gravityand mass.
4.) Your vehicle must have 3-4 working wheels and a driver. Your vehicle should be between 4 and 12 cm in width and between 8 and 20 cm in length.
I.) Planning stage:
Before you build: You may work on your own or with a partner. If you are working with a partner, you will need to collaborate and work effectively at each stage of the project. All students must follow the criteria outlined in ‘Criteria for Model Sized Vehicle’, as you design your vehicle. Draw the design for your vehicle on graph paper. This will be your blueprint. Be sure to label the parts of your vehicle and provide any important details.
II.) Building your Vehicle: Build your vehicle according to your design plans and the criteria provided.
III.) Experiment A.) Test Preparation Procedures: 1.) Weigh your vehicle in grams. Record its weight in the ‘Observation’ section of your experiment. Before you race/test your vehicle, ensure you establish a fair and reliable experiment by following the next set of steps exactly.
2.) Take your vehicle, a stopwatch, your project booklet on a clipboard, a pencil, an eraser, a metre stick, and a roll of masking tape with you to the testing track.
If testing on the ramp: a. Ensure the ramp has been set up to the predetermined specifications for structure and height: ___________________cm ramp height.
If testing on the floor: Place your vehicle at the tape line, with the front wheels aligned with the front edge of the tape. B.) Test Procedures: If testing on the ramp: a.) Simultaneously release the car (without any added force) and start the stopwatch.
If testing on the floor: a.) Simultaneously release the car and start the stopwatch.
Do not pick up the car.Record the timein the ‘Observation’ section of this experiment. The time should be given to hundredths of a second. Use a piece of masking tape to mark the exact distance your car has travelled. The distance is marked at the front wheels. c.) Measure the distance the car has travelled in both cm and m. Use a metre stick for measuring the distance, from the masking tape start line to the front wheels of your vehicle, where it stopped on the floor. Record the distance travelled in the ‘Observation’ section of this experiment, as well as on the masking tape.
d.) Calculate the speed your car travelled. Speed needs to be calculated in cm per second. Calculate using the following formula: Speed= Distance travelled in cm divided by the Time in Seconds.You may use a calculator. Record the speed in the ‘Observation’ section of this experiment.
IV.) Observations: Mass of Vehicle: __________________________
Tuesday, November 5th Science: The 2D (flat) model needs to be completed at home and handed in by Tuesday, November 19th. The model should be 16 cm in diameter. A scale representation of their space object will be made at school. The oral presentations need to be ready for Friday, November 22nd. Students are expected to conduct an approximately 3-5 minute speech on their space topic. The content of the speech is the information researched for their written report. NO new or additional information needs to be added, unless their written report was lacking information. Students need to ensure they cover all 6 criteria (as outlined fo rather written report), that their information is accurate and that they have provided all key interesting facts on their topic. It is essential for students to include pictures in a slide show or power point. The pictures may be from their research report or new ones may be selected. The slide show or power point should be saved on a USB, so it can be shown on our classroom projector screen, through a MacBook Pro or DELL computer. It is important that the pictures are large enough and clear enough for all students in the room to view easily. The pictures should have captions and some text may be included. Students are expected to show the 2D model during their presentation. Students are not to read their report to the class, but to teach the class about their topic. Students if you are reading this, please write the code word 'tickets' in your agenda on Wednesday date. A rubric for the oral presentation is provided above.
Monday, November 4th Science: Research report for space topic is due tomorrow, Tuesday, November 5th. Students may start on their 2-D model of their space object. A sheet with the actual size, scale size and model size was provided to students today. In class, students will make a simple outline of their space object to scale, then at home, students are asked to create a 2-D 16 cm model of their space object, depicting the true appearance of it as accurately as possible. The space object chart is below: Space Object Scale Chart Space Diameter Scale model Scale model Object (km) size (cm) size (cm) Made in class. Made at home. Mercury. 4800 4.8 16 Venus 12100 12.1 16 Earth 12750 12.7 16 Earth's 3 475 3.4 16 Moon I.S.S. 109 m miniscule 16 satellite 5 cm-13.7 m miniscule 16 Mars Rover 3m miniscule 16 Mars 6800 6.8 16 Ceres 950 less than .1 16 Asteroid Belt 10-530 less than .1 16 Meteor 0.1 (100m) less than .1 16 Jupiter 142 800 142.8 16 Saturn 120 660. 120.6 16 Comet 10 (nucleus). less than .1 16 Uranus 51800 51.8 16 Neptune. 49500 49.5 16 Pluto 2374 2.3 16 Make Make 1430. 1.4 16 Eris 2326 2.3 16 Sun 1 400 000 portion of 1400
Tuesday, October 31st Science:As some students have expressed concern about completing the written report on time, I am giving an extension to Tuesday, November 5th. Students who hand their report in on time will receive a bonus mark. Remember, the written report requires proper sub-headings, information written in paragraph form, along with pictures for each section. Pictures may be printed from the internet, as long as they are not copyrighted. Please refer to the blue 'Space Project' booklet in your duo-tang, for detailed information about the assignment OR scroll down for the information on this page.
Thursday, October 24th Science: The space report is due Thursday, October 31st. This is the good copy of the written/typed report, with proper headings, pictures and captions, on the 6 criteria listed in the blue space booklet. A copy of the booklet is here, below the Reading Genre information.
Reading Genre studies: Genre Study 1. Select a book of your choice and complete the reading of the text, using helpful reading strategies. (Refer to the list and description of reading strategies in your Reading binder and Reading duo-tang.) 2. Determine the genre of your book. Select and complete a ‘Genre Activity’ sheet from the appropriate red genre folder. 3.Select and complete a suitable ‘Reading Strategy’ activity sheet from the orange folder. Complete a suitable number of vocabulary studies by using the ‘New Words’activity sheet, from the orange folder. 4. Select and complete a ‘Choice’ activity from the red ‘Character’ folder or blue “Technology’ folder or yellow ’Summary’ folder or green ‘Non-fiction’ folder. Hand in all 4 completed activity sheets.
Space project Project discussed on Wednesday, October 9. Topics of study to be determined by Tuesday, October 15. Due date to be determined. Space Project: Purpose: The main purpose of this project is to develop your research and reporting writing skills. Another purpose of this project is to expand your knowledge and understanding of Space: -the overall scale, structure and age of our universe -the position, motion and components of our solar system in the Milky Way Galaxy -the force and influence of gravity on Earth and other planets
Topic: Pick a topic from the list. If there is a topic that appeals to you, that is not on the list, see Mrs. Badgley to propose your own idea. A planet: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune; A dwarf planet: Pluto, Eris, Ceres; Asteroid Belt, Meteor (including Meteorite and Meteoroid), Sun, Earth’s Moon, Comet, International Space Station, Space Shuttle, Canadarm Requirements: You are to complete a written report and a 2-dimensional representation, made to scale, of your chosen space object. You are also to share your knowledge and your 2-dimensional representation to the class, in an oral presentation. Written Report: The written portion of the project requires research. You will need to use space books from the classroom and library and reputable (trustworthy) websites on the Internet. Only use the Internet with adult supervision. Do lots of reading before writing. All information in your report needs to be written in your own words. No plagiarism (No copying text). The written report should be written in paragraph form. You are encouraged to use a computer to write your report. It allows you to edit easily and to avoid rewriting your work into a good copy. If you wish to use a computer, you will need to ensure your home and school computers are compatible. You will need to save your report on a USB, so your report can be worked on at home and at school. It is a essential to include pictures in your report. The pictures should be a combination of pictures that you draw and pictures that you print from the Internet. Pictures are not a substitution for words; they are to help support written information.
Your report needs to include information on the following areas of study.
Name and Age: -the name and age of your space object
Size and Position: -the position of the space object in the solar system: -the distance in km from Earth -the distance in km from the Sun -the size of the space object (diameter (distance across the middle) in km and circumference (distance around the outside)) in km -the relative size (comparative size) to the Earth
Motion: -motion: -the length of time for one rotation on its axis -the length of time for one revolution around the Sun -length of day and night -the existence of seasons *Bonus: the speed it rotates (spins) on its axis -the speed it revolves around the Sun
Gravity: -the space object’s gravitational pull -the Sun’s gravitational pull against the space object -a comparison of the space object’s gravity to Earth’s gravitational pull -your weight on Earth and on your chosen space object
Composition: -what it is the space object made of: -what is on its surface -inside its structure and in the atmosphere -the temperature(s) of the space object
Important and interesting Facts: -other relevant, important or interesting information on your topic
For topics including comet, meteor asteroid, space station and space shuttle, not all research areas listed above are applicable. See Mrs. Badgley about modifications in the assignment.
Final Copy of Report The final copy of your report needs to meet all criteria given in this outline and follow a proper report set up. It also needs to include a title page with the title of your topic centered on the page, and your name, grade, division and teacher written on the bottom right of the page. See the example on the next page, for proper set up of the written report.
The main pages of your written report should follow the guidelines below for each of the areas of study. Title By: student name
Name and Age: Written paragraph
Size and Position of Mars Written paragraph(s) and any relevant pictures
Motion: Written paragraph(s) and any relevant pictures
Gravity: Written paragraph(s) and any relevant pictures
Composition: Written paragraph(s) and any relevant pictures
Important and interesting Facts: Written paragraph(s) and any relevant pictures
Your Model The model of your space object needs to be made in relative scale to the Sun’s model. We will determine the size of each space object in class.
Use your creativity and imagination to replicate the surface of your space object.
Oral Presentation: Purpose: The purpose of the oral presentation is: -to provide the other students in the class with knowledge on your space topic -to develop your oral presentation skills.
This oral presentation means speaking in front of the class. It means making eye contact with the students and teaching them about the information you have researched on your space object. You are not being asked to read your report, although some reading is fine. You are being asked to ‘talk’ and ‘teach’ the class. You should include visuals in your presentation: your 2-dimensional model, printed pictures and pictures put together in a slide show/ power point presentation and possibly a small video.