Project 3 - Astronomy in Today’s World

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Mr. Ron Bennett
(rbennett@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: St. Michael's RHS
Box 400
Bell Island, NF
A0A 4H0
Tel: (709) 488-2828
Fax: (709) 488-3800
Grade Level: Physics 3204 (Level 3)
Number of Students: 11
Project Start and Finish Dates: April 21 – May 29, 1998

  Project Overview

The purpose of this project is to promote and facilitate independent research in the elective "Astronomy" unit in the Physics 3204 course. There are a variety of topics discussed in this unit that provide excellent opportunities for students to search the internet and find relevant and up-to-date information.

The project will require students to find internet sites and possibly contact other interested persons via e-mail/fax in order to gather information associated to topics in the Astronomy unit. Also, this project will require students to develop a Web page which will provide information to other schools with an interest in the Astronomy unit.

  Curriculum Connections

Learning Outcomes:

The information gathered is intended:
  • to provide a greater understanding of the topic as discussed in the Astronomy unit in the text;
  • to enhance and provide additional interesting and important information to that which is given in the text;
  • to allow the student to learn more about the various technologies involved with the present day study of Astronomy;
  • to allow students the opportunity to communicate with other persons interested in these topics via electronic media.

  Evaluation

This project will require the student to compile his/her information in the form of a presentation to the Physics class. The written report and the class presentation will be evaluated on the basis of the types of information gathered, particularly knowledge of new technologies in Astronomy, methods of acquiring this information and the presentation in class.

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