Astronomy Class Summary 12/1/14
with Leigh Ann Yoder
The Stellar Universe
Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. I shared with the students that over the break my family had an opportunity to see the new movie Interstellar. For a science fiction movie I thought it was rather well done and entertaining. It was certainly thought provoking and led to interesting discussions. I feel comfortable recommending for my middle school students. It is rated PG-13, yet I am not certain why. There were two mild curse words and several deaths. However, the deaths were not gruesome, but rather implied.
We then moved to a rather disturbing (for some), yet fascinating look at proportion, size and space. I did warn the students that it would certainly make them think, however, they needed to keep in mind that it was an internet based article that had not been validated. Some of the students wanted the opportunity to view the images on their own computers, so here is the website.
Centaur Rocket Launch Attempt!
As our project we made the Centaur Rockets described at the end of chapter 10. The students did a terrific job following directions and assembling their rockets. We moved outdoors to launch them. It turned out the launching was not as successful as we would have liked, but the students were resourceful and came up with many ideas to improve the launch. In the end, only a few students had lift off, but the class worked well together helping each other.
I began talking to the students about their final quiz show which will take place during our last class. I highly recommended that they begin preparing now rather than waiting. To begin with, they should start answering the questions on pages 163-165 of the notebook. For students that do not have the notebook, I will bring copies to class next week.
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