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Two stages of teamwork will be used to conduct this project. This is designed to involve as many students as possible, and to model how scientific research is done.
All members of the class should have read the page on How to Use Your FM Radio to Detect Meteors the previous night. Describe the responsibilities of the 6 teams listed below. Divide your class into the 6 teams formed in the radio listening activity. You can ask if anyone is interested in switching teams if they are particularly interested in the tasks of another team.
The task of each team is described below, each with specific responsibilities. Activities will involve a combination of group activities and individual tasks. The estimated time for each group to finish these tasks is two days.
Teams and Their Responsibilities
Resource material for each team can be found by following the links at the beginning of each team description.
Once the teams have completed their research and studied their area of responsibility, have each team report back to the class as a whole what they have learned from their research.
Split the members of each team up so that new teams are formed with representatives from each of the First Stage teams. The purpose of these teams is to make predictions and test them against the actual results of meteor observations that will be made using the class's FM radio observatory. Use material at the University of Ghent website to make predictions about meteor activity during a specified period of observation using your school observatory.