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     ASTRONOMY EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES

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    WE KEEP

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    Extra credit may be turned in daily, but the last day it will be accepted for 4th Quarter is May 17th


    You may complete up to 4 different projects each quarter.  Each project has  points the project is worth up to, below. 
     
    All extra credit projects are considered donations to the CHS science dept.

     ART

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    ART: Create an original piece of art. Submit the art with a 1 page paper explaining how it relates to astronomy. A quick sketch will not be accepted. May be worth up to 5 extra credit points. 

     
     
    SKY JOURNALS
     
      
    Take some time outside, viewing the sky, see directions   
     
     This is in addition to the five journals you do for class. May be worth up to 5 extra credit points. For 2nd or 3rd Quarters
     

    Create your own constellation

    Look at night sky and create your own asterism, design a "myth" around your "constellation", sketch and label the stars that make up your asterism, find out interesting things about the objects in your area, similar to Constellation Project  but you are creating this. May be worth up to 5 extra credit points. 
       
     ASTRO READ
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    SCIENCE READ:

    Directions
    1.Read an Astronomy related book, Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman have many. The Martian is a good one.
    2. Write a 1 page book review and create a poster for the book (like the ones you do for English Free Reading Friday Projects)

    May be worth up to 5 extra credit points.  
     MAKE A VIDEO

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    MAKE A VIDEO: Film a unique video that completes the sentence, "Astronomy is important because..." Video should be 2 min. or longer.  Email it to Mrs. Sanders to be played in class. Here is one that has shot to fame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcWeUUzOuHk&feature=player_embedded

    May be worth up to 5 extra credit points.  
     FIELD TRIP
     

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    FIELD TRIP: Attend a show or talk at one of the science museum's in Anchorage or Eagle River Nature Center or Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer. If you hear about a science focused talk at a different venue, ask Mrs. Sanders if it would qualify for this x-credit assignment. Write a 1 page report of what you learned and attach your ticket stub.
     
    May be worth up to 5 extra credit points.  
     CAREERS

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    CAREERS: Investigate the many careers available to astronomers in a 1-2 page paper. Explore several aspects of one career you find interesting. Include preparation for the career, potential employers, the type of work that someone in this career would do, contributions of these professionals to society and to the field of astronomy, etc.  Identify three people who have been successful in this career, and profile their careers and contributions. 

    May be worth up to 5 extra credit points.  
     CURRENT EVENT

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    CURRENT EVENT: Find a recent (within the last year) article on a astronomy topic from a credible source. Article Form 2 paragraph response

     May be worth up to 5 extra credit points. 

     FASHION

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    FASHION: Decorate a t-shirt with an astronomy theme. Wear it to class for a quick show & tell. Submit 1-2 paragraphs on how it relates to physics

    May be worth up to 5 extra credit points.  
     VIDEO

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    VIDEO: Film a unique video on one or more astronomy related topics.  Video should be 2 min. or longer.  Email it to Mrs. Sanders to be played in class.

    May be worth up to 5 extra credit points.  
     SONG

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    SONG or POEM: Create a astronomy related original song or poem and perform in front of class, or make a video of you performing it and e-mail it to Mrs. Sanders to be played in class.

    May be worth up to 5 extra credit points.  
    PAPER

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    PAPER: Write a 2-3 page paper explaining the astronomy that answers one or more of these:

    1. Give a concise history of astronomy.
    2. Why is Galileo so great?
    3. Who is the greatest for astronomy between Einstein, Galileo, Hubble, or Newton?
    4. What is the big deal over the Hubble telescope?
    5. Why should the US government spend money on NASA and how much more or less would you recommend?
    6. What would a permanent station for humans on Mars look like?
    7. If you could communicate with intelligent aliens, what would you want them to know about humans?
    8. How do astronomers get information about our universe?
    9. What do we know about our sun and how do we know it?
    10. What are the different ways we measure distances in our universe?
    11. Write a letter home about your experiences on the second day of your week long stay at the International Space Station.
    12. What missions to Mars are working on Mars now, where are they on Mars, and what have they discovered?
    13. Is Pluto a planet?  What are the arguments for and against?


    May be worth up to 5 extra credit points.  

    MOVIE CRITIQUE
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    MOVIE CRITIQUE:
    You have recently become a member of an elite group called Moviewatchers for Accurate Science (MAS).

    The group watches films and critiques them for the producers, directors, screenwriters of the movie.

    Task: Watch an astronomy related movie .  You will be graded on the level of critical thinking, accurate science and the effort your paper shows. Report on the scientific aspects of the movie (no more than 2 pages typed pages - quality over quantity).

    1. Give a scientific summary.

    2. What aspects of the movie were scientifically correct? Why were these parts correct? Provide quotes or scenes from the movie to illustrate your examples.

    3. Use expert scientific references to explain why parts of the movie were scientifically correct. Provide quotes or scenes from the movie to illustrate your examples.

    4. What suggestions do you have for the directors and producers of the movie to make it more accurate? Be specific - this is an example, "Have the lead characters drive away in a tank instead of a Porsche because that model car does not have non-melting which would be necessary to escape the gravitational field of the UFO."

    5. Must have at least 3 references, include a bibliography.
       

    6.  Many movies can be viewed for free on http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/
     
    May be worth up to 5 extra credit points.  

     Harvard MicroObservatory

     Visit http://mo-www.harvard.edu/and control the telescope, choose the object(s), parameters, and bring in a copy of the image that was emailed to you, write up what parameters you chose and 2-4 sentences on the process of using this program.

     

Last Modified on May 16, 2019