Space is an exciting avenue
of learning in the twenty-first century. What will space suits look like
in the year 2019? Is it good for humans, in a medical sense, to travel
What astronaut would you like to know more about?
will lift off on a Web Quest mission to find exciting topics relevant
to space within a group setting. Your group will be creating a Power Point
comparing and contrasting space suits of the past and present
an improved spacesuit for future space endeavors
discover the medical benefits of space travel
tribute to an astronaut
have been selected to become a scientific researcher to find some practical
information on space suits of the future, medical benefits to humans
by traveling in space, learn more about one of your favorite astronauts,
and designing all this exciting information in a multimedia presentation.
Let's get started right away on your new mission, don't let gravity
hold you back!
1) You will be placed into small groups by the teacher, and you will
compare and contrast space suits of the past and present to designed
a space suit that astronauts could use for future space exploration.
You will brainstorm to find a total of 6 observations to be included
on a Power Point slide within your presentation. Start with this web
site to locate space suits of the past and present:
Discover the medical benefits of space travel by reading and researching
on the internet. You will discuss the information together, and you
will find out what is most important. You will make a brief summary
to communicate your research. Then
you will place the information written in your own words on a slide.
Read and discuss how “Earthlings” have benefited from thirty
years of space travel research. Start with these web sites to locate
the medical benefits:
You will have the opportunity to research a famous human or astronaut
with the teacher's approval. Choose at least 2-3 astronauts you want
to research, and the teacher will meet with your group and assign a
person for you to research. Tell why you think he/she became famous
or helped to further space exploration. You must find at least 4 facts
about your astronaut or famous person connected with space exploration
and include the information on a slide. Start with these web sites to
locate your famous person:
Draw a picture of your new spacesuit. Scan or take a digital picture
of your new spacesuit-see teacher for further assistance with scanner
or camera. Insert the picture into your Power Point presentation and
explain your design.
- 5) You create
(including giving credit to information and pictures you have found
and used) a Power Point presentation including: slides with the requirements
stated above, pictures from the internet to make your Power Point presentation
attractive. and a digital picture of your newly designed space suit
for future use, and you have the option to create an "about the
author" slide at the end to let us know about the dynamics of the
people in your group.
You will need to remember these helpful reminders as you plan and create
your research project: Be sure that you have run spell check. Practice
your presentation with your group and make sure each group member has
a specific information to present.
Go over multimedia presentation within your group in a loud clear speaking
Remember to listen quietly while each group member is speaking as good
- 7) View Power
Point slide show for more information:
will have learned the following: how to research and cite information
properly, acceptable presentation skills, how to cooperatively work within
a group of your peers and stay focused, you will learn what is relevant
for future space exploration, and learn about an astronaut of your choice.
You may want to visit these
exciting and fun science related links:
pages were developed through TeacherTECH, the teacher professional development
component of GirlTECH, which
is sponsored by the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education (CEEE)
and made possible by support from the National
Science Foundation and Rice University.
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Friday, June 16, 2006 10:44 AM