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Transcript of SOLAR SYSTEM
My name is Ziro and I am from another galaxy!
I have come to learn about your solar system!
However I will need your help!
I will need you to become experts on each planet within your solar system.
You will need to work, as a class by breaking up into groups and in each group there will need to be at least 4 people.
You and your group will become experts on your allocated planet and present your findings to the class.
Your findings should include the following:
- The name of the planet
- Pictures of the planet
- Distance from the sun
- Atmosphere makeup
- Geographical makeup
- Time in relation to earth days
- Gravitational pull
- And any small fun facts!
Ziro here again.
I really enjoyed your presentations of the planets in your solar system, so much so I would love to see a 3D model of your solar system!!
You will need to be researching on the Internet and up to date books to find out about your planet.
You should present your findings through:
- A PowerPoint presentation
- A Prezi
- A short video using iMovie
- Or any other multimedia platform just as long as it is a technology based program
You will have two lessons to complete this and present. Your presentation should go for no longer than 5 minutes.
Things that I will be looking out for:
- You have worked as a group coherently
- You have used your time effectively
- You have good presenting skills (eye contact & clear voice)
- You have included all the criteria needed in your presentation
- Your presentation includes a technology based program
Once you have completed the presentations I have a little reward for you… ill give you a hint… it involves models & 3D printing! Good luck earthlings I look forward to seeing your presentations.
Watch this clip to help choose your planet!
I would like you to get into the same groups and work as a team to draw and design your planet using SketchUp.
However before designing the planet, your class will need to come up with the measurements so that it is as close to the measurements in real life just a smaller version!
This may include making a scale to help with the measurements.
You will have two lessons to draw and print your model!
I will be looking for the designs most accurate, which should resemble closely of your allocated planet.
After your model has been printed and your group is happy with the outcome, ask your teacher to hang it up using string in your classroom!
Now you will have a model of the solar system in the classroom so that I can come and visit anytime I like to see it!
This research project will be assessed by your teachers and peers and you will be given a mark based on your research findings and presentation skills!
I would like to see progress on this research project. In order to do that you will need to log onto Prezi and show what your group has done so far after 1 lesson.
This could include taking a picture or your work so far and inserting, or writing information you have gathered so far.
I would like to see progress of your sketching and 3D printing!
Take a picture and put it in your allocated circle by logging into prezi!
For task three emerging technology module, I have decided to focus on 3D printing in Science. The objective of the module is for students to design and create their own solar system model. To foster creative thinking in this module, SketchUp, 3D printing and various presentation programs are used. This module is designed for students in Stage 3 and the outcomes to be addressed are ST3-8ES and MA3-9MG. I have created this module on the assumption that students are familiar with the program SketchUp and 3D printing, and have access to the programs and devices needed to ensure students achieve all learning outcomes in the activities designed.
Within the module I have created for this task, students will learn to become problem solvers, critical thinkers and creative designers. To introduce the module to students I have used a fictional character ‘Ziro’ to present and explain the tasks. I have combined the first two lessons to ensure students have enough time to complete the obligatory research. Students will be able to log in and edit the Prezi, as they will need to show progress of their research and drawing and printing of their allocated planet. Prezi uses visuals to present ideas not as a text heavy presentation instead creates a appealing and a virtual engaging platform. The main aim is to produce a presentation that is dynamic and non-linear which allows for creative interpretation (Strasser, 2014).
The form of assessment to be used in this module is formative. Students will be assessed on their ability to meet the explicit criteria outlined including how students effectively use their time, their researching skills and presentation skills with the use of technology. Students are given a rubric and will be marked accordingly. Peer marking using the 2 stars and a wish will also be used so that students have adequate feedback before continuing with the module. This formative assessment will give a clear indication of how students work together as a group and if they will be able to move onto the next part of the module, which involves dense use of technology.
The third and fourth lesson has also been combined to ensure students are able to create and design their planet with SketchUp and 3D printing. By creating a model of the solar system students are able to perceptually articulate what the solar system looks like with the use of a scale. Using SketchUp to draw the model will allow students to visually expand on their ideas and creations by looking at it through all angles and it will motivate students to explore, design and devote their extra time to further their learning (Dolenc, 2012). SketchUp is most appropriate for this project-based learning and encourages students to interact and to think critically with technology, which will lead to enhancing their ICT skills.
The use of 3D printing in this science module has allowed students to become problem solvers by physically inspecting a uniquely designed product and be able to make adjustments in their digital models and print again to verify the corrections made (Martin, Bowden & Merrill, 2014). Learning from mistakes, 3D printing allows contribution to students boldness for design, and increases their confidence and imagination (3D Printing Systems, 2014). 3D printing is a useful tool to help match student drawings to a physical, tangible object which is seen as an important means of grasping concepts such as line, angle, plane, space and dimension (Wilson, 2013).
This unit will foster creative thinking in science by creating a physical model of the solar system. Using SketchUp and 3D printing students must become problem solvers to figure out the scale for the solar systems using mathematics and they will become critical thinkers and creative designers in which they have to design a planet on SketchUp, which will be suitable and durable when it comes to 3D printing their final product.