Lost in Space Introduction

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6th - 9th
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Today was the first day of my favorite project of the year: Lost in Space. Students were divided into groups of 3-4. We began with a presentation introducing the premise of the project. To make a short story shorter, the project takes place in the future, each team of students represent a team of astronauts from a specific country, and the goal of each country is to search a new solar system for a potentially habitable planet. The project will last five days, and today was only the introduction.

Basically the project ends up being a giant board game on the floor of the classroom. Each team of students flies their spaceship across the game board, zooming around, probing each planet, and attacking other teams. From the probe data they collect, each team will have to deduce which planets are livable, choose one, and then land on it by the end of the game.

After today’s introductory presentation (posted above), students worked with their teams. They chose their country. They assigned each group member a specific role. They chose the type of spaceship they would like to use (they have five choices, as listed in the document below). And then finally they built a spaceship game piece. My favorite project is off to a good start.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system. Emphasis for the model is on gravity as the force that holds together the solar system and Milky Way galaxy and controls orbital motions within them. Examples of models can be physical (such as the analogy of distance along a football field or computer visualizations of elliptical orbits) or conceptual (such as mathematical proportions relative to the size of familiar objects such as students’ school or state). Assessment does not include Kepler’s Laws of orbital motion or the apparent retrograde motion of the planets as viewed from Earth.
Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system. Emphasis is on the analysis of data from Earth-based instruments, space-based telescopes, and spacecraft to determine similarities and differences among solar system objects. Examples of scale properties include the sizes of an object’s layers (such as crust and atmosphere), surface features (such as volcanoes), and orbital radius. Examples of data include statistical information, drawings and photographs, and models. Assessment does not include recalling facts about properties of the planets and other solar system bodies.
Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons. Examples of models can be physical, graphical, or conceptual.


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