In this Nanocourse, we will explore the concept of space exploration using Augmented Reality, virtual videos and interactive apps. Through research, we will uncover how humans have managed to get into space and how we have travelled to the moon and back. Through discovery and experimentation we will unearth the challenges, physical, financial and psychological, that humans will face when travelling to the further reaches of our solar system.
Download ISS Explorer NASA app, Solar walk app, JFK moonwalk app, Youtube app
During each session students will experiment with technology, research, explore and have set challenges to help engage them with the weekly topic. By the end of the Nanocourse, students will understand the economic, physical and human challenges that arise when exploring space. In the final session students will bring together everything they discovered so far and present a concept/idea of how to travel to the outer reaches of our solar system.
Plan per Weeks
Week 1: International Space Station (ISS)
Download ISS NASA app
· Introduction and set guidelines for what is to be expected for the project presentation. (choose presentation groups and topic) · Watch an AR video about the international space station. · Discuss the ISS; define it and discover its purpose. · Use the official NASA app to explore the ISS, find out how it was built and how astronauts/cosmonauts can get to the ISS. · Use breakout rooms, do research on the following topics: The technology required for space travel. (rockets, suits, food, living conditions)
Week 2: The Moon Landing
Download JFK Moonshot app
· Introduction to ‘the moon landing’. Discuss who was involved and the timeline leading up to it. · Use the JFK Moonshot app and experience all the steps that led to the moon landing. · Discuss how the Apollo 11 mission was a success: What did they use? What were the issues? What conditions are needed for space exploration? · Explore ideas as to why there are no new moon explorations? Is there a financial reason? Which successful space expeditions are happening now? (SpaceX and Blue Origin)
Week 3: Mars and the future of space exploration
Download Solar walk app · Use breakout rooms and using the Spacewalk app research the conditions on the surface of mars. · Discuss collectively how humans might be able to explore Mars and what they will need in order to accomplish this. · Split back into the same groups and research ‘Mars One Project’. Analyze the roadmap, budget and challenges the project faces. · In groups, discuss why humans may need to move to another planet. Why might we need to explore and inhabit other planets? What do humans need?
Week 4: Project Research
· Groups will have time to research and present their ideas/concepts. · Each group will have chosen a planet of their choice from the solar system. In the presentation, they will need to explain how humans would be able to travel there and how we could inhabit/ survive on the planet. (including information about the rocket capabilities and the planet’s atmosphere/climate and landscape) · Each group will be asked content related questions by their peers. · At the end, review and discuss all of our findings.
About the Facilitator
Oliver is a fully qualified teacher (IPGCE, 2019, Sheffield University) with five years experience teaching in schools. He is passionate about teaching and has had the opportunity to live and teach around the world. He loves to explore different topics with his students, his favourites being humanities and sciences (He graduated with a degree in Biology in 2014 at Aberystwyth University). He makes sure to implement technology within his sessions and promotes the use of research and experimentation. He enjoys facilitating and allowing his students to take responsibility for their own learning and discovery. He believes that learning is a lifetime commitment and tries to encourage his students to become enthusiastic about their own education.
Space exploration has always been a topic of interest for him and he has enjoyed teaching this topic to his students in the past. He always thought space exploration can spark the imagination and students can see that the possibilities for our future are endless. With the use of Augmented reality and fun interactive apps, he aims to capture the students’ imagination and inspire them to create exciting futuristic concepts.
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