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NGSS 2016-17

Unit 0:  Introductions
  • "Getting to know you" activities
  • website scavenger hunt
  • build a website, make an interesting homepage
  • Google Drive: learn Docs, Slides, and Spreadsheets
    • slideshow: what do you have in common with your classmates
    • spreadsheet: make graphs, use average calculation tool
  • make a working form - take a survey of the class - present your findings 
    • day 1: show students the assignment, discuss good survey question ideas, rules, begin creating form
    • day 2: finish creating form, take each other's surveys

Unit 1: Are We Alone?
  • size and scale of the universe, drake equation, intro to Voyager 1
  • how to:  Experiment Design (with lots of examples - worksheets or something with tons of chances for them to read about an experiment and see how the variables are there)
    • straw rockets - experiment design
  • Project: design contest - PVC rocket hangtime
  • Movie: October Sky


Unit 2:  Death on Earth
  • how to: Graphing - how to create, read, and think about xy graphs
    • hans rosling videos
  • formation of the moon - eclipses, lunar phases, seasons
  • Newton's Laws: asteroid impact, craters, meteors
  • asteroid impacts - fossil record
  • how we know about earth history: tree rings, ice core samples, rock strata, radiometric dating
  • humans consuming resources - we humans may self-destruct - we need to change our ways or find a new world
  • climate change - greenhouse effect - earth vs. venus
  • Speed: ratios, graphing, speed formula


Unit 3:  Life
  • life is adapted to this world - natural selection
  • dynamic earth - plate tectonics, volcanoes, ice ages, etc.
  • what can life on other worlds look like - 
    • project (thx Go) - make a webpage as a real estate advertisement for a planet 
  • the embryology stuff - read more about this
  • genetic modification - past, present and future (i.e. Mars)
  • no magnetosphere = increased genetic mutation
  • Movie: Apollo 13

Unit 4:  Communicating Across Space
  • getting there - principles of rockets - Newton's laws
  • SETI
  • electromagnetic waves
  • gravitational lensing
  • the radiosphere
  • Movie: Contact

Unit 5:  Survival on Other Worlds
  • natural selection - adaptation on Earth, on other worlds
  • challenges: gravity, day/night cycle, seasons, magnetosphere, atmosphere, water, temp
  • Mars-one project, etc - plan B
  • Movie: Interstellar




Movies:
  • Contact
  • Interstellar (??? - PG13)
  • October Sky
  • Apollo 13
  • Cosmos episodes



Presentations


Unit 0: Introductions
  • how to use tech: computers, Google tools
  • class structure: HW, quiz, khan


Unit 1: Are We Alone?
  • An Awful Waste of Space (The Universe is Big)
    • size and scale of: Earth-Sun, Solar System, Galaxy, Universe, Multiverse
    • Drake Equation intro
    • TEDed: unanswered questions
  • Techniques in Science 1
    • mean, median, mode
    • using spreadsheets to calculate average and make simple graphs
    • Hans Rosling video
  • The Improbable Tardigrade
    • formation of Earth and solar system, bombardment
    • asteroid impacts, panspermia, force of impact depends on mass of asteroid
    • intro to experiments (gardening on Mars)
    • SciShow: tardigrade
  • The Placebo Effect, or How Can We Know Anything? (The Techniques of Science, pt 2),
    • independent and dependent variables
    • controlled variables
    • placebo effect
    • straw rocket experiments
  • The trouble with space travel - (make this just about speed)
    • Newton's 3rd law
    • intro to speed
    • project: design contest: PVC bottle rocket - hangtime - iterative design and construction

Unit 2: Death on Earth
  • Death from Above
    • asteroid impacts - mass extinctions - fossil records
    • how do we know about earth history? - tree rings, ice core samples, rock strata, radiometric dating
  • May the Force be with you
    • remember - f=ma
    • newton
    • calculate net force
    • balanced/unbalanced forces
    • pythagorean theorem for net force
  • Are You Moving?
    • relative motion
    • velocity - blacked out car
  • Sergei's Record
    • measuring speed - distance and time
    • speed formula with practice
    • speed of light - fastest speed possible
    • distance vs. time graphs - god slope
  • To Venus with Love
    • climate change - greenhouse effect - Earth vs. Venus
    • fossil fuels

Unit 3: Life
  • Spaceship Earth
    • keep the same
    • calendar project
  • Dude, Where's my Resources? 
    • over-consumption of Earth resources
    • scarcity of fresh water
    • plastic in the oceans - bottle bricks
  • Selection, Naturally
    • Darwin said Earth is very old, time enough for slow evolution 
    • genetic mutation, adaptation
  • Apples to Apples
    • genetic modification - history of
    • debate - GMOs
  • Embryology
    • humans with a tailbone, tail in-utero, sometimes born with a tail
    • parallels with history of life on earth

Unit 4: Communicating Across Space
  • The Gravity of the Situation
    • Newton to Einstein
    • All objects fall at the same speed
    • 2D to 3D analogy - the trampoline example
    • mass curves space, space directs mass
    • gravity based on mass, distance (radius)
  • The Radiosphere
    • speed of light, types of light
    • history of radio technology
    • analog vs. digital signal
  • Four Eyes
    • waves - sound, light, water
    • Lenses - bending light
    • Why is the sky blue?
    • gravitational lensing
  • The Wow Signal
    • SETI - listening in space
    • Movie: Contact
  • Density's Child
    • density formula
    • black holes - gobblers of information
    • infinite density


Unit 5: Survival on Other Worlds
  • Possible Worlds
    • requirements for life as we know it - Goldilocks zone, chemosynthesis, heat requirement - tidal forces melting core of worlds
    • life on Jupiter - floating creatures, floating cities above Venus
    • bacteria on Mars - panspermia
    • Techniques in Science - scientific notation
  • Biggest Hurdle on Mars
    • missing magnetosphere (review formation of solar system) = increased genetic mutation