"Alone we are smart, together we are brilliant". Steven Andersen PROJECTS 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
Space Program: Written paragraph(s) and any relevant pictures
Sustainability of Life: 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.