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Key Concepts

Concept Comment Where is it covered in Sky Scan?

Technologies for space exploration and observation  

 

Covered.

Lesson Two - Electromagnetic Spectrum, Radio Telescopes, How to Detect Meteors Using FM Radios

Reference frames for describing position and motion in space 

 

Covered.

Lesson One - Cosmic Collisions

Cosmic Collisions background

Satellites and orbits 

 

Covered.

 

Distribution of matter through space 

 

Covered.

 

Composition and characteristics of bodies in space

 

Partially covered.

 

Life-support technologies

 

Not covered.

 

Communication technologies 

 

Covered.

 

Outcomes for Science, Technology and Society (STS) and Knowledge

Outcome Comment Where is it covered in Sky Scan?

1. Investigate and describe ways that human understanding of Earth and space has depended on technological development 

Partially covered.  

Identify different perspectives on the nature of Earth and space, based on culture and science (e.g., describe cosmologies based on an Earth-centred universe [Note: detailed knowledge of epicycles is not required]; describe aboriginal views of space and those of other cultures; describe the role of observation in guiding scientific understanding of space)

Not covered.  

Investigate and illustrate the contributions of technological advances-including optical telescopes, spectral analysis and space travel-to a scientific understanding of space

Covered.  

Describe, in general terms, the distribution of matter in space (e.g., stars, star systems, galaxies, nebulae)

Partially.  

Identify evidence for, and describe characteristics of, bodies that make up the solar system; and compare their characteristics with those of Earth 

Covered.  

Describe and apply techniques for determining the position and motion of objects in space, including:  

Covered.  
constructing and interpreting drawings and physical models that illustrate the motion of objects in space (e.g., represent the orbit of comets around the Sun, using a looped-string model) Under construction  
describing techniques used to estimate distances of objects in space and to determine their motion. Partially covered.  
describing the position of objects in space, using angular coordinates (e.g., describe the location of a spot on a wall, by identifying its angle of elevation and its bearing or azimuth; describe the location of the Sun and other stars using altitude-azimuth coordinates, also referred to as horizon coordinates or local coordinates) [Note: A description of star positions based on right ascension and declination is not required.] Covered. Under construction.  
Investigate predictions about the motion, alignment and collision of bodies in space; and critically examine the evidence on which they are based (e.g., investigate predictions about eclipses  Covered.  
2. Identify problems in developing technologies for space exploration, describe technologies developed for life in space, and explain the scientific principles involved Not covered.  

Analyze space environments, and identify challenges that must be met in developing life-supporting systems 

Not covered.  

Describe technologies for life-support systems, and interpret the scientific principles on which they are based (e.g., investigate systems that involve the recycling of water and air)

Not covered.  

Describe technologies for space transport, and interpret the scientific principles involved (e.g., describe the development of multistage rockets, shuttles and space stations; build a model vehicle to explore a planet or moon)

Not covered.  

Identify materials and processes developed to meet needs in space, and identify related applications (e.g., medicines, remote sensing, microelectronics, polymers, medical imaging, wireless communication technologies, synthesis of fuels)

Not covered.  
Describe the development of artificial satellites, and explain the major purposes for which they are used (e.g., communication, GPS-global positioning system, weather observation) Not covered.  

3. Describe and interpret the science of optical and radio telescopes, space probes and remote sensing technologies 

Covered. Lesson Three - Electromagnetic Spectrum.

Radio Telescopes

Explain, in general terms, the operation of optical telescopes, including telescopes that are positioned in space environments

Not covered.  

Explain the role of radio and optical telescopes in determining characteristics of stars and star systems 

Covered. Lesson Three - Electromagnetic Spectrum.

Radio Telescopes

Describe and interpret, in general terms, the technologies used in global positioning systems and in remote sensing (e.g., use triangulation to determine the position of an object, given information on the distance from three different points) [Note: This example involves the use of geometric approaches rather than mathematical calculations.]  

Covered. Lesson Four - Geometry of Meteor Reflections.

How Waves Travel

4. Identify issues and opportunities arising from the application of space technology, identify alternatives involved, and analyze implications

Not covered.  

Recognize risks and dangers associated with space exploration (e.g., space junk, fuel expenditure, satellites burning up in the atmosphere, solar radiation)

Not covered.  

Describe Canadian contributions to space research and development and to the astronaut program (e.g., Canadarm)

Partially. Canadians in Radio Astronomy

Identify and analyze factors that are important to decisions regarding space exploration and development (e.g., identify examples of costs and potential benefits that may be considered; investigate and describe political, environmental and ethical issues related to the ownership and use of resources in space).

Not covered.  

Skill Outcomes (focus on problem solving)

Initiating and Planning

Outcome Comment Where is it covered in Sky Scan?

Ask questions about the relationships between and among observable variables, and plan investigations to address those questions  

   

Identify practical problems (e.g., identify problems that must be addressed in developing a life-supporting space environment)

   

Propose alternative solutions to a given practical problem, select one, and develop a plan (e.g., design and describe a model of a technology to be used in a space station)

   

State a prediction and a hypothesis based on background information or an observed pattern of events (e.g., predict the next appearance of a comet, based on past observations; develop a hypothesis about the geologic history of a planet or its moon, based on recent data)

Covered.  

Performing and Recording

Outcome Comment Where is it covered in Sky Scan?

Conduct investigations into the relationships between and among observations, and gather and record qualitative and quantitative data 

Covered.  

Research information relevant to a given problem 

Covered.  

Select and integrate information from various print and electronic sources or from several parts of the same source (e.g., compile and compare information about two exploratory missions) 

Covered.  

Organize data, using a format that is appropriate to the task or experiment (e.g., maintain a log of observed changes in the night sky; prepare a data table to compare various planets)

Covered.  

Analyzing and Interpreting

Outcome Comment Where is it covered in Sky Scan?

Analyze qualitative and quantitative data, and develop and assess possible explanations 

Covered.  

Test the design of a constructed device or system (e.g., create and test a model device for remote manipulation of materials)

Covered.  

Identify and correct practical problems in the way a prototype or constructed device functions (e.g., identify and correct problems in the functioning of a model "remote transportation device" that they have designed and built)

Covered.  

Identify the strengths and weaknesses of different methods of collecting and displaying data (e.g., compare Earth-based observations with those made from spacecraft)

Covered.  

Identify new questions and problems that arise from what was learned  (e.g., identify questions to guide further investigation, such as: "What limits the travelling distance and duration of space exploration?", "How old are the planets, and how did they form?")

Covered.  

Communication and Teamwork

Outcome Comment Where is it covered in Sky Scan?

Work collaboratively on problems; and use appropriate language and formats to communicate ideas, procedures and results 

Covered.  

Receive, understand and act on the ideas of others (e.g., take into account advice provided by other students or individuals in designing a model space suit or space vehicle)

Covered.  

Work cooperatively with team members to develop and carry out a plan, and troubleshoot problems as they arise (e.g., write and act out a skit to demonstrate tasks carried out by astronauts on a mission).

Covered.  

Defend a given position on an issue or problem, based on their findings (e.g., conduct appropriate research to justify their position on the economic costs or benefits of space exploration)

Not covered.  

Attitude Outcomes

Interest in Science

Outcome Comment Where is it covered in Sky Scan?
Show interest in science-related questions and issues, and confidently pursue personal interests and career possibilities within science-related fields (e.g., express interest in and describe media programs on space science and technology; take an interest in directly observing and interpreting space environments and in personal and group excursions to a space science centre)    

Mutual Respect

Outcome Comment Where is it covered in Sky Scan?
Appreciate that scientific understanding evolves from the interaction of ideas involving people with different views and backgrounds (e.g., show an interest in the contributions that women and men from many cultural backgrounds have made to the development of modern science and technology)      

Scientific Inquiry

Outcome Comment Where is it covered in Sky Scan?
Seek and apply evidence when evaluating alternative approaches to investigations, problems and issues (e.g., seek accurate data that is based on appropriate methods of investigation; consider observations and ideas from a number of sources before drawing conclusions)    

Collaboration

Outcome Comment Where is it covered in Sky Scan?
Work collaboratively in carrying out investigations and in generating and evaluating ideas (e.g., work with others to identify problems and explore possible solutions; share observations and ideas with other members of the group, and consider alternative ideas suggested by other group members; share the responsibility for carrying out decisions Covered.  

Stewardship

Outcome Comment Where is it covered in Sky Scan?
Demonstrate sensitivity and responsibility in pursuing a balance between the needs of humans and a sustainable environment (e.g., consider immediate and long-term consequences of personal and group actions; objectively identify potential conflicts between responding to human wants and needs and protecting the environment)    

Safety

Outcome Comment Where is it covered in Sky Scan?
Show concern for safety in planning, carrying out and reviewing activities (e.g., select safe methods and tools for collecting evidence and solving problems; readily alter a procedure to ensure the safety of members of the group)    

 

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