SCIENCE 9 -The Ethics of Space Travel
NASA has found itself under pressure to justify the expense of the space program. They are seeking input from a variety of interest groups, amongst them teenagers, the people who will be most affected by any change in policy. You have applied to be part of this group. In preparation for your meeting with them, your task is to analyze the implications of space travel by means of one of the following:
- The ethics of space research (animals, transporting goods in and out, space garbage.)
- Environmental impact (fuel, atmospheric disturbance, noise pollution, space garbage, greater knowledge of weather patterns.)
- Socio-economic implications of the cost of the space program. (What does it cost? Is the cost justified?
- What are the implications of space tourism?
- What benefits have resulted from the space program? What everyday products were originally developed for use in space? What are the human risks in space travel?
- Research current ideas or initiatives for further space exploration (e.g., space elevator, colonization of other planets, search for extraterrestrial life).
- In small groups chose one of the topics above
- Decide who in your group will be responsible for finding information from the Internet, who will search the school’s databases, and who will contact an expert.
- The group will work collaboratively to:
- gather information, assess whether or not it is on topic (relevant), reliable, accurate and current,
- synthesize (combine different ideas, influences, or objects into a new whole), and organize the concepts and information
- Assure that deadlines are met
- Assure that all criteria are met
- Proof-read and offer suggestions for improvement
- Each individual in the group will prepare a unique product (poster, PowerPoint, brochure, podcast, website, video) to demonstrate their learning.
- Every class member will participate in the Space Project Blog at http://spaceblog9.blospot.com