New Project

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give” Winston Churchill

As we head into break I’ve come to the conclusion that I would love to implement tons of teaching strategies and assessments, good intentions but too little time. I’ve had to change things around due to some lessons I’m implementing and testing for GARVT. Also I just have been real busy implementing my new Forensics course. That’s why there haven’t been any entries for the past couple of weeks.

But I’m going to try and catch up in one entry…well try anyway. Before doing our Alternative Energy Project (See below) we did a NASA lesson on Mars. We completed the Mars: Dirty Ice or Icy Dirt lab on the Phoenix Mars Website. I used this as a inquiry lab, students were given various materials and asked to develop an experiment to compare unsaturated, saturated, and supersaturated soils. Students used computations to find the water weight in %.  In the final activity students were asked to compare their results to Mars and Earth. Student’s did a good job but next time I would like to have them whiteboard their experiments and as a class come up with a procedure. Overall the activity did work and I think I will use it next year. I found this activity through NES (NASA Explorers School).

Dirty Ice Soil Lab         websoil



We completed our Alternative energy project. Student’s were given a rubric and asked to follow certain guidelines when completing the project. They were suppose to use video as the presentation medium. Many of the students did a PowerPoint then exported it as a .wmv files. 


Students either worked in Windows Movie Maker or narrated their PowerPoint’s before exporting.


When using Windows Movie Maker, students used a flip cam to record their presentation. To enhance their presentation they used white boards for information.  Some students caught on very quickly and had a good time presenting. Other students had a tough time figuring out some of the logistics of the presentation.

Overall the information gathered was great and they actually presented well. All of the information they used came from the The NEED Secondary Alternative energy resource.  The only change I would make to the whole project would be to give the students a bit more time on the video presentation.  I would show the students how they could use WeVideo, a cloud based video editing program. It links with the Google Drive and can be accessed through your Google account. During the project I also introduced Google Docs to the students, I had them sign up for an account and collaborate with their group members through Google Docs. I’ve already decided I need to use this tool a bit more and plan on doing some surveys and other documents through Google.

Next entry will talk about Forensics…..


About rippie77

Science Teacher at Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh NC.

Posted on November 28, 2012, in Class Ideas, NASA, NASA explorers school, Project and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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