Remember a week or so ago I mentioned we had registered for the Unlimited Space Agency challenge? Well it’s now started and each Monday, Elsa will be set a mission and this continues until Tim Peake’s rocket launches to the International Space Station (ISS) in December.
Each mission is split into 3 sections (Maths, English and Science).
Firstly, for Mission 1, we watched the intro video by Jon.
Research and explain various information about the ISS and Tim Peake.
Elsa decided she wanted to do poster for both of these elements as she finds it easier to collate information that way.
International Space Station
For the ISS, she decided to write her information on pictures of planets which I thought was inspired so we found a lovely set to print out.
We looked at a video showing you around the ISS, which was fascinating, although Elsa was quite shocked at the toilet and where that goes once it gets full. 🙂
We looked up various information including:
- who is there at the moment,
- what they have to do while they are there,
- we also looked at how fast they travel, and
- where they are right now (which when we checked they were flying over New Zealand)
We found out that, at present, there are 6 people aboard, 2 of whom are staying up there for 1 year as an experiment to see how the body reacts to being there twice as long as usual.
We also found out that the ISS has had a crew constantly aboard since the 2nd November 2000 (so 15 years last week).
This year is an exciting one for Great Britain as it is the first time a British astronaut will have gone to the ISS. Therefore, finding information out about him was very interesting (I’m jealous as he’s achieved so much in his life already and he’s younger than me 😉 )
Mission 1 Part 1 Complete
For this mission we used ideas from Natural Born Homeschooler‘s space unit which I had previously downloaded and Homeschool Share‘s Planets and Stars, Sun and Moon units.
Where is the ISS and Earth in our solar system? Research the different planets including size, what it is made of and distance from the sun.
Firstly, we discussed the different planets, their sizes, what they were made of, how they got their names etc. and then Elsa completed some worksheets we found from 3 Dinosaurs (in PDF 1, although I have used a lot of sheets from the other PDFs for Anna, to include her in this space challenge). She also filled in mini books on their distance from the sun and whether or not they are solid or gas.
We also learned that the planets have very different temperatures, from being far too hot to being extremely cold.
We then made a Heliocentric model of the solar system.
Elsa also created each planet out of air drying clay and put them in the order they are from the sun.
Mission 1 Part 2 Complete
How far away from the Earth is the ISS? How long it will take to get there? How long it takes to orbit the Earth? How many sunsets will be seen in days, weeks and months?
After looking up the information on the internet, we had to work out the answers to some questions. Elsa couldn’t do these mentally yet, however, knew how to work them out so wrote how to do them in the workings part of the sheet I’d prepared. She then used a calculator to get the answers.
During our research of the planets we found out how to work out how much you would weigh if you were to stand on each planet. I asked Elsa if she knew how to do this using a calculator, she said she could. So I left her to it. 🙂
The results were she is over 2 1/2 x heavier on Jupiter than on earth and under 1/2 as heavy on Mercury. This resulted in a conversation about gravity. 🙂
Mission 1 Part 3 Complete
Elsa’s work has been uploaded and she has been awarded with her badge.