Lesson Plan Components:
Day Four (and optionally, Five):
Materials Needed :
Setting Up and Getting Prepared:
We suggest assigning groups for this project.
The model parts sheets are all labeled as to which parts and/or instruments are represented on each page.
The sheets are also labeled with suggested groupings, based on a mixed-ability classroom with about 24 students. If you have more or fewer students, you will need to modify the groupings appropriately; this may also be the case if your classes are tracked by academic abilities.
These groupings are based on the amount of physical dexterity required to assemble each instrument or part, and the estimated time it will take each group to reseach and understand the function of the instrument.
Rationale for the groupings is as follows:
- Group One: A large group (4-6 students) is in charge of constructing the majority of the spacecraft itself -- the upper and lower decks, solar panels, and observatory attach fitting with high-gain antenna. These parts are all fairly simple to construct, but there are a lot of them; students will not have to do as much research on the parts as they relate to ACE science, but may research the way solar panels function instead. This group can be composed of students of middle to lower abilities, as construction of these parts is fairly basic, and the research will be less challenging than that for other parts. However, since it is a larger group, you may wish to pay special attention to the students' personalities before assigning them here.
- Group Two: This group (3-4 students) will be responsible for constructing the magnetometer instruments, and the booms that hold them away from the main spacecraft, as well as SEPICA, SIS, and a pair of low-gain antennas. These instruments are all fairly simple to construct, but the science may be a little more difficult to comprehend. A group of students with medium to high science abilities, but perhaps lower dexterity, would be well-suited for this portion.
- Group Three: 3-4 students of mixed ability would be appropriate for this portion. They will assemble ULEIS, which is somewhat challenging, and EPAM, which is much more simple to construct. However, the science is again a little tricky to understand; so if you have students who are scientifically advanced but not as dexterous as their companions, they may be best for this group.
- Group Four: This group (which may be smaller than others) should be composed of students who are good at following instructions, rather dexterous, and strong in science, because the instruments they will research and assemble -- SWEPAM Ion and Electron -- are challenging in all regards.
- Group Five: Four students would be ideal for this portion of three instruments (SWICS, CRIS, and SWIMS); CRIS and SWIMS are quite easy to assemble, while SWICS is the most challenging instrument in the set. Once again, the science is rather complicated; however, a mixed-ability group is appropriate here.
- Group Six: Like the first group, this one can be composed of lower-ability students, as the pieces (the side panels and spacecraft components, all little boxes) are quite simple to assemble, and there is very little hard science to be found. There are also fewer pieces to construct, so this group can be smaller.