Reflection: Joy Spaceship Earth: Concept formation (1 of 5) - Section 3: Ground control to Spaceship Earth


How do we increase what some schools call the J-factor?  Generally I am not fan of showing a film for more than five minutes in class.  But sometimes, there is great value in allowing emotion and wonder and rapture to guide a group experience.  After all, this is why most people fall in love with science.  This film tends to elicit an emotional response.  Not every student will be moved, of course, but I think that this is a valuable investment of classroom time--a shared experience that provides some of the emotional foundation for this course. 

  Joy: Rapture?
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Spaceship Earth: Concept formation (1 of 5)

Unit 2: Citizen science, Student design
Lesson 3 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to: 1) develop a claim with evidence arguing for or against the resiliency of Earth; 2) derive the meaning of the concept of Spaceship Earth from the professional experiences of astronauts; and 3) consider resources required to support life on Earth through student-led discussion.

Big Idea: For modern humans, basic resources like water, oxygen, and soil can seem like limitless resources. How might we understand that human life actually requires a complex and delicate balance of interconnected forces?

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Science, Statistics, field work, Community Mapping, engineering design thinking
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