Friday, August 30th

Students watched MythBusters - Swimming in Syrup. The MythBusters examined if it is possible to swim as fast in syrup as in water, could MacGyver have blown off a cargo-ship steel door with only gun powder and a gun handle, and was it possible for Davy Crocket to shoot at an axe forty yards away and split the bullet in half?

Student completed a video worksheet while watching the video.


Thursday, August 29th

Students received the scientific method worksheets packet today. It contains the worksheets students will complete during this portion of the Scientific Method unit.
Students completed the following worksheets today:
  • Introduction to the Scientific Method – This worksheet looked at an experiment in the mid 17th century.  The experiment challenged the belief in spontaneous generation (the supposed production of living organisms from nonliving matter, as inferred from the apparent appearance of life in some infusions) by conducting an experiment showing maggots only grew in meat where flies laid eggs.
  • Can You Spot the Scientific Method? – Students are given 14 statements and they have to identify which part of the scientific method was being described.


Wednesday, August 28th

We began our scientific method unit today.  Students watched Why Study Science?  They saw and heard from people who are scientists.  They completed a worksheet while watching the video.
Due to the shorter class periods today, we were only able to begin Real World Science – Scientific Method.  We will finish the video and worksheet tomorrow.


Tuesday, August 27th

Students took a test today, The World’s Easiest Test.  The purpose of the test was to show students that sometimes the answer appears to be obvious, but when they explore the question, they find the obvious answer is not always the correct answer. 
They watched four videos showing how their senses can distort what they see.

Student’s received my disclosure statement.  It is to be returned tomorrow, signed.


Time-Lapse Film of ATV Albert Einstein Launch

ESA’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle, ATV Albert Einstein , was launched into orbit from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 15 June 2013.  This time-lapse movie shows the transfer of Ariane 5 from the assembly building to the launch pad and the lift-off.


Space X Grasshopper Flight

On August 13th, the Falcon 9 test rig (code name Grasshopper) completed a divert test, flying to a 250m altitude with a 100m lateral maneuver before returning to the center of the pad. The test demonstrated the vehicle's ability to perform more aggressive steering maneuvers than have been attempted in previous flights.

Grasshopper is taller than a ten story building, which makes the control problem particularly challenging. Diverts like this are an important part of the trajectory in order to land the rocket precisely back at the launch site after reentering from space at hypersonic velocity.

One Martian Moon Passes the Other