SCIENCE 9: You will work together in a group to publish a newspaper on space science. This newspaper can be written for people on different planets or even different galaxies! The criteria for the project are listed below:
Black hole (credit at bottom)
. Include the topics listed below table
· Discuss required topics using CREATIVITY & a variety of formats (e.g. new story, cartoon, horoscopes, editorial, sports, weather, entertainment, advice column, etc).
FORMAT & PRESENTATION
· Easy to read, not too crowded, not too many open spaces
· Title & sections are obvious (e.g. headings for news, fashion, classified, cartoons,etc.) & pages organized
· Correct grammar, spelling, punctuation
· Index on front page, pages numbered, names on articles
· Pictures and drawings
· Coloured borders/outlines around information/pictures
· Colourful, eye-catching titles, neat glue job (i.e.no corners loose), straight lines when cutting, etc.
· Overall presentation and creativity
ROUGH DRAFTS/FACTS ON FILE NOTES
· Facts on files notes (need notes from each member)
· Drafts of articles and any drawings
· Work completion during class time
· Use a variety of resources (book, internet, encyclopedia, etc.)
· Bibliography/Works Cited is correctly written up
· Using only the information in your group’s newspaper, you will complete a quiz on astronomy
REQUIRED TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED:
Major topics (each member must research ONE “major” topic):
of rings, distance from sun, orbits around sun, period of rotation, surface temperature, number of moons)
B) Describe the 4 planets furthest from the sun in our solar system (order & diameter of 9 planets, distance from sun, orbits around sun, period of rotation, surface temperature, number of moons)
(include space shuttle Challenger and Columbia disasters), time and money needed (i.e. cost to send 1 kg of stuff into space, to build equipment, to send probes to far out planets), colonizing other planets, search for extraterrestrials, militarization of space, essential human needs that must be met in space) (medical risks)
black hole, supernova & neutron star and must research differences in masses, temperature, composition, age and know how colour can indicate surface temperatures on the stars
Minor topics (each member must research ONE “minor” topic):
There are 3 bonus topics that can be included (5 marks each):
· What are the requirements to be an astronaut? You can include this in the classified ads or “Career” section.
· Interview an elderly person: you could ask them questions about what they thought about when man landed on the moon, the first space shuttle into space, the deaths of the Challenger astronauts, Haley’s comet, etc. Include this in one of your sections of the newspaper.
· Flyers selling equipment including prices for telescopes, etc. (e.g. London Drugs style flyer). Coupons?
· 3 books
· 1 encyclopedia (must be encyclopedia book and not on-line encyclopedia like Encarta
· 5 internet sites (see handout for reliable astronomy sites)
· 1 other resources (magazines, newspapers, broadcasts from internet sites (must be different from the 4 internet sites above)
TIMELINE/DUE DATES (make a copy of each of your topics – you won’t get it back):
- On _________________________________ each person needs to hand in 1 of their 4 topics.
- On _________________________________ each person needs to hand in the 2nd of their 4 topics.
- On _________________________________ each person needs to hand in the 3rd of their 4 topics.
- On _________________________________ each person needs to hand in the last of their 4 topics.
You MUST hand in your newspaper project on ____________________ (even if you have not finished it completely). You will have you newspaper group quiz on the last day of the semester ______________
HERE IS A TOOKIT
This online exhibit from 2002 "highlights the history and achievements of planetary explorations, both Earth-based and by spacecraft." It features information about tools of exploration and about the planets, asteroids, and comets in our solar system. Information for planets includes atmosphere, moons, magnetic fields, images, and more. From the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Solar System: Saturn
Fact sheet on this planet "[whose] intricate ring system has fascinated astronomers for centuries." Features data on Saturn, articles about the planet, details about missions (such as Cassini-Huygens) to the planet, and links to related resources from NASA. From the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology.
National Space Science Data Center
Access to a wide variety of data from NASA space flight missions for astrophysics, space and solar physics, and lunar and earth sciences. The Photo Gallery has pictures of planets, stars, and spacecraft and the Image Catalog those of planets and comets. The General Public Page leads to a chronology of lunar and planetary exploration and fact sheets on each planet. The Space Science Education Page has lessons, online activities, and resources for educators. Searchable.
The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System
This site, "intended for a general audience with little technical background," gives "an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information." Created and maintained by an astronomy buff.
Welcome to the Planets (NASA)
Welcome to the Planets: Mars
Photographic slide show of Mars as seen from Earth, from spacecraft, and up close and personal from the surface in pictures taken by the Mars Pathfinder vehicle. Includes audio clips and hyperlinks to a planet glossary. From the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology, in conjunction with NASA.
From The Nine Planets multimedia tour of the solar system.
What Makes a Planet?
Brief introduction for the layperson about the definition of what is a planet and about the 2006 controversy about whether Pluto is a planet. This site notes "there are many things that make Pluto quite different from the [other eight] planets," so that it is "very hard to classify Pluto with the rest of the major planets." From a professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University.
Western Washington University Planetarium
Provides stargazing information on the planetarium located at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington state. Features a schedule of planetarium events, planet and moon positions, fundamental astronomy concepts, American Indian starlore, information about astronomical events and amateur astronomy clubs in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, and more.
Chasing Venus: Observing the Transits of Venus, 1631-2004
This exhibit provides background information and history of transits of Venus, the astronomical events where "the planet Venus passes directly between Earth and the Sun, appearing as a small black dot on the Sun's disk." Features details about seven past transits of Venus (1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882, 2004), and the upcoming transit in 2012. Includes links to related sites. From the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
Planetary Rings Node
A website "devoted to archiving and distributing scientific data sets relevant to planetary ring systems." In addition to technical data, the site features resources on the ringed planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) and missions (such as Cassini and Voyager) involving planetary ring systems. A project of NASA Ames Research Center and the Center for Radar Astronomy at Stanford University. From the SETI Institute.
Geology of Mars
"Here you can learn about the six geological processes that are either currently operating on Mars or have operated during Martian history. These include the aeolian, cratering, hydro, landslides, tectonic, and volcanic processes." Features essays accompanied by images of the surface of Mars
This profile of Mars features facts, news, and photos. Includes information about missions, Canada's role in Mars exploration, the use of Canadian Arctic areas for space research, and an annotated timeline of Mars missions from the Soviet probes in the early 1960s to the present. Provides links to related stories and resources. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Saturn: Moons: Titan
Basic information and numerical quick facts about Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Provides relevant links, including one to information on the Cassini spacecraft. Includes photographs and mythology. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).