Welcome to ASTRONOMY!
Here are some tips for success in Astronomy:
1. Work 20 minutes every night on this class and you won't sweat a thing.
2. If you work at a job more than 20 hours per week, all statistics show that you will not do well in school.
3. Look at the sky, especially at sunrise and sunsets.
4. Use the web links I have listed below to find out what's happening in the sky...you may see the Space Station fly over your house.
5. Check this web page for assignment help and for tips on how to do your space technology project.
Progress reports: week of F ebruary 21, March 21, April 18, May 9. Final Report card sent home June 3.
Astronomers love drawing sunsets. I will show you how to draw 6 sunsets and 4 moon phases. They will be due February 14 (Love YA!) If you have a difficult time drawing sunsets, you are allowed to draw SUNRISES!
Find out your birth time and date and birthplace as accurately as possible so we can type that data into our computer activity.
Complete your student information sheet. Make sure your parents sign the class information sheets.
Bring your planner/handbook or a calendar to class everyday.
January 12: NOTEBOOK check
January 17: Turn in your mini-poster of one constellation. Draw the constellation. Identify important stars and other interesting objects. Write a little story about the constellation.
February 23: Turn in your mini-poster of one fantastic object in the sky. Draw a picture of the object and name it. Tell its location in the sky and its distance from Earth, if known. Explain some cool facts about this object.
On January 25, we will go to the media center. The first part of your project is due February 6: (Answers to these 10 questions about your chosen spacecraft before February 6):
1. What is the name of your project? Who built it? (Which contractor?)Where? NASA is not a company or a contractor. They HIRE companies to build things.
2. Purpose of the spacecraft
3. How does it reach outer space?
4. Exactly where does it travel? (Orbit? How high?)
5. When is the launch? from where?
6. How does it get electricity? How much electricity?(watts)
7. How does it communicate with Earth? Who receives the signal?(usually there are receiving stations on the ground)
8. People on board, tell names and their job description. If no people on board, who is the lead scientist on the ground?
9. The instruments (machines like cameras, thermometers, etc) on the spacecraft and what they do.
10. Bibliography...internet addresses used, along with b ook, magazine, or newspaper sources. (date, title, author, page numbers used)
February 15: SPINOFF Miniposter.
A SPINOFF is an invention made by NASA for use on a spacecraft. Later, people found a way to use it in our daily lives....in cars, planes, sports equipment, medical equipment, appliances, etc.... Choose a NASA Spinoff from the NASA Spinoff webpage. Draw it or paste its picture on the miniposter. Describe it and write down the URL (internet address) of a picture of the spinoff.
The webpage for the NASA SPINOFFS Online site is as follows:
The next part of your project is due MARCH 8: you must turn in a written script of exactly what will be written in your PowerPoint presentation to the class. This script must have the exact wording of every single word you plan to type into your PowerPoint presentation. You also must include AT LEAST SIX visual aids you will use in your ora l present ation about your chosen spacecraft. These visual aids can be images downloaded onto a disk, video from a website, or pictures you have scanned from a book or magazine. These visual aids can also be models, built from a kit or from your own materials. AT l east one visual aid must show us exactly what the spacecraft looks like.
Make sure you include the answers to the 10 spacecraft questions
Make sure you have written down descriptions of at least six pictures you plan to use in the presentation and w here t o find them.
Make sure you include a description of a NASA spinoff from the spinoff webpage (and the URL where we can find the picture).
Make sure you include a bibliography
Then, before APRIL 15, you must show me your PowerPoin t progr am. It must be loaded into your school directory
We will look at this PowerPoint presentation and determine if there are software problems or changes that need to be made.< BR>
Then, no later than April 29, your FINISHED PowerPoint presentation with all pictures must be loaded into your school directory
Please get these items completed before the due dates!!!!!
Your project script and your project oral presentat ion will be graded as follows:
Name of project being researched. Who built it? Where? (You should be able to show a logo for the spacecraf t and a picture of the spacecraft).......0-10 points
Minimum of six visual aids per person to illustrate y our talk: computer images, overhead transparencies, live action video, animation. NO POSTERS!!! One visual aid must be a picture or m odel of th e spacecraft.....0-10 points
Purpose (goals) of the spacecraft, with its dollar cost......0-10 points
H ow does it reach o uter space (exactly)?.....0-10 points
Exactly where does it travel? orbit? pl anetary trajectory? how high? how f ar? If already in space, when was it launched? Where?.....0-10 points
How does it get electricity? How much electr icity?.....0-5 poin ts
How does it communicate with Earth? Who receives the signal?.....0-5 points
If people are on board, tell na me s and describe their jobs.
Tell about the instruments on the spacecraft and what t hey do.....0-20 poin ts
Bibliography. Include internet addresses and a book or magazine or newspaper with information about this spacecraft.....0-10 points
During your oral pres entations, remember that disrespect for other students (inattention, sleeping or talking during their presentation) results in points subt racted from your project grade.
As always, the teacher in the class is the judge of what is and is not appropria te behavior. Treat your classmates with the respect you would like to have yourself.
ORAL PRESENTATIONS (u sing your PowerPoint pre sentation) will be May 18.
SPIRIT and OP PORTUNITY MER
The conclusive discovery by a pair of wheeled robots that Mars once had vast pools of water and possibly could have harbored life was chosen by the editors of the journal Science as the most important scientific achievement of 2004.
NASA's two Mars rovers, Opportunity and Spirit, landed on the Red Planet early in 2004 and have since found clear and conclusive evidence that Mars was drenched with water at some time in its history.