Project 3: Space Exploration
Students will use the Stellar School Project to Enrich a theme on Space Exploration and Research from the Grade 6 Social Studies, Science and Language program. Using the theme as a starting point, students will use the project to collect information on the environment in space, space research and travel, space scientists and astronauts.
A unit on the use of technology in industry and research in Canada is developed. Students will use geographic representations, tools and technologies to acquire, process and report information.
One theme in the Networks program is space exploration and research. Students prepare research projects on space. They will develop skills in reading/interpreting, information literacy skills, writing reports and online communications.
Technology, conservation and environmental awareness are concepts developed in the science program. Students will learn about the space environment, problems that are incountered in the space industry, and the technology used to explore and exploit space. They will aquire an appreciation for the importance of space in our lives and the future of our society.
Students become more aware of the interdependence of humans and space.
The Technology Education learning outcomes are at the elementary level. Students will:
The Stellar Schools Internet connection is essential to the success of our project and will enhance this project by permitting several students to go online concurrently.
Now, there is only one computer connected to the Internet making it very time consuming for each student to surf the web collecting information.
Resources include a networked computer labratory with 26 computers, one printer, one scanner and one modem. Other resources include resources located in the classroom and resource centre including books, magazines and videos.
Students will be evaluated on the Learning Outcomes listed above, anecdotal records and observation by the teachers participating in the project. Students will collect, organise, present and evaluate information on their topic individually and in groups. They will be evaluated on their ability to organise and stay on task during the project. Their awareness as global citizens and their published report will be a major component in the evaluation.
We believe that this project will add to the students' awareness of the importance of technology in communications, exploring space and our daily lives, the role of space in our future and the value of becoming global citizens.