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Students from the Satellites project
||Mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geography
‘Satellites’ is a cross-curricular project for students in the last year of secondary school.
This project has been developed by several teachers from the science department of our school: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and geography. A lot of information was found on: www.esa.int ; www.eduspace.esa.int and telsat.belspo.be/beo/classroom.htm.
Students formed groups of four and chose one or more of the thematic approaches or workshops. It takes 6 to 8 hours of group-work for one theme. For each thematic approach, they have to do a theoretical part (research on the theme) and a practical part (calculations, interpretations).
The themes from which students can choose are:
To organise this project at school there are two possibilities:
- Navigation satellites and GPS
- Earth observation for monitoring and implementing marine policies
- Weather satellites and research on cyclones
- Case study on Rodania (a computer program on Amazon deforestation)
- Biological applications (photosynthesis, vegetation and ozone)
- Physical applications (launching, velocity and orbits)
- Chemical applications (combustibles and space)
The students are evaluated on three things: evaluation of the theoretical part, evaluation of the practical part and evaluation of the attitudes in the group.
- Each theme group has to do one workshop (during 6 or 8 lessons, in units of two hours during the courses of participating teachers). The students are coached in their choice, depending on their section (‘Latin-mathematics’, ‘Latin-science’, ...).
- Each theme group chooses one or more workshops within special seminar hours.
Last update: 17 July 2007
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