Astrophysics - Unit Detail
16 lessons, 1 hour each
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Lesson 8.1 – The next space mission should be… – Your elevator pitch
In this lesson students will explore:
- The necessary components of a mission to one of the planets, satellites or objects in our solar system.
- Their plan for a very basic mission to one of the planets, satellites or objects in our Solar System.
- Promote their proposal in a concise and creative manner to a selection panel of teachers and peers.
- Justify their mission intention and provide reasons why the information it seeks is worth the mission cost.
- It is important that each spacecraft mission undergoes a cost benefit analysis to determine that the potential of the scientific knowledge gained warrants the costs.
- It is a huge challenge for mission planers to design space craft that can cope with extreme temperatures and pressures and long travel times involved.
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Welcome students to this lesson and encourage several of the students new to this unit to introduce themselves to each other and the class.
Discussion – Teacher outlines how the Elevator Pitch session will be conducted. Teams will have approximately 2mins to describe their proposal and justify its cost on the potential for new scientific knowledge. NB: The panel members need not be present in the studio but could join the class remotely.
Students are introduced to a panel of 2 guests who will act as judges with one of the teachers to assess each of the proposals.
Students are again detailed on the criteria that the judges will use to evaluate the mission proposals.
Discussion – Students are sequenced and commence their proposals with the addition of extra time for up to two brief questions from the audience.
Reflection – At the conclusion of the presentation the panel provides some feedback to the students as time permits. The final result will be communicated in the remaining lesson.
Students to complete any outstanding tasks.