Astronomy Wonder Project

Why is it that we spend so much time exploring beyond Earth and in space? What have we discovered that benefits us?

There are two parts to this question. The first one being “Why do we explore?”. Why do we want to explore what is beyond our atmosphere and on our planet? Our part of our research would be from our drive to understand fundamental questions like our place in the universe with the Earth and what is around us. As well us to quench our thirst and need to explore that is important for humans. An interesting answer was how it builds relations between other countries. NASA is a United States organization and the largest space exploration organization in the world. However, it is certainly not the only group of people who want to explore. Relations with other countries have started in order to develop better technology for space exploration.

Relating to the mention of answering questions like, “Where do we fit in the universe?”. We have made some large discoveries that affect our knowledge of the whole world and how we explore other places. The two largest discoveries I could think of were the discovery of a sphere Earth and our heliocentric solar system.

The round Earth theory was started in around 500 B.C. by Pythagoras who observed that the moon was sphere which meant that the Earth was as well. Not long after Anaxagoras studied the moon during eclipses and realized that the round shadow being cast on the moon was the Earth. This also led to more people following the round Earth theory. The final large discovery was by Aristotle in around 350 B.C., his observations of constellations and which ones you could see as you walked away from the equator put the final nail in the coffin for flat earthers. Depending on who you ask.

Further studies are shown in this video:

The heliocentric Earth theory was proved by Galileo in the 1500s. He discovered for the first time that there are moons orbiting around Jupiter, which sparked the idea that not everything orbited the Earth. Following that discovery, he decided to study phases of Venus’ which proved that it was orbiting the sun and not Earth.

Mars in a loop from late April (bottom right) to early November (top left)

Although we have discovered so much about Earth and what surrounds it. There is still so much more to discover.

Wiles, Jennifer. “Why We Explore.” NASA, NASA, 13 June 2013,

“Question of the Month for February 2003.” NASA Official: Phil Newman, NASA, NASA, Feb. 2003,

“Planetary Motion: The History of an Idea That Launched the Scientific Revolution.” NASA, NASA,


Information Fluency Reflection

  1. What questions did you need to research in order to research your topic?

My large question was “Why is it that we spend so much time exploring beyond Earth and in space? What have we discovered that benefits us?” My research was more based on the second part of that question. Part of it was personal opinion however because I thought of the discovery of a round earth and our heliocentric universe myself as I believed they were the most important discoveries that define how we see the Earth and the universe. I researched how these two things were discovered and why.

2. What new or familiar digital tools did you try to use as you worked through this project?

In all honesty, I did not use anything special in this process. I just used the internet like a regular person to research my questions. I also embedded a video/picture into my post. The only digital tool I used was the website Easybib to cite my sources.

3. What was the process you used to investigate the topic?

I feel this answer will be a bit similar to the first answer. I was trying to find discoveries that have benefitted us. I personally thought that the two biggest discoveries were the discoveries of a sphere Earth and our heliocentric universe. However, I could not just state these two answers and be done with it. I had to explain why it encourages space discovery, so I had to discover HOW these were discovered, the process that it took and why it changes how we see the world around us. Also, I wanted to get an answer straight from NASA on why space exploration happens, on more of a more personal feeling of why we want to explore.

4. How did you verify and cite the information you found?

I verified the information I found by looking at the author of the article. The only one without a named author was from the official NASA site so I believed that was okay to use. The other articles had authors that had no background information about them, but the article had a NASA official read the page and verify the information. I cited the information using the website Easybib.

5. How did the process of completing this challenge go? What could have been done better?

I think that this challenge went by quite smoothly. At first, I struggled to find a good question to answer, but once I found it I was able to explore it with the answers that I sought. I believe that I could have read the instructions better so I could have remembered this portion of the project on time, along with the comment from an outside source. However, overall I am pleased with my process.

L’importance de défendre tes idées

L’importance de défendre tes idées est quelque chose qui n’est pas donné le montant d’attention qu’il devrait. Ces jours, quelqu’un sur l’internet peut dire n’importe quoi sans la nécessité de le défendre. Pour moi personellement c’est vraiment important parce comme un crétien mes croyances et idées sont vraiments différents dans des aspets différents et pendant ma vie je serai demander de défendre mes idées donner le preuve de mes croyances.

Quels sont mes souhaits pour le futur de Riverside

Avant que je termine à Riverside, je voudrais recevoir Mr Purdy encore deans les prochaines années. Je souhaîterais de complêter la dousième année sans avoir des crises de nerfs. J’aimerais un année pas trop difficile mais je devrais encore travailler fort pour le faire. Si je sais que ces choses arriveraient, je serais hâte encore plus pour mon futur.

Data Visualisation – STDs


I chose this way to demonstrate my information because I believe that it was a clear way to show it. I chose this information because I remembered a website with all the information that I was seeking. However, it did not show all the information that I wanted; like the percentages of Chlamydia cases per age which I was able to demonstrate in my infographic. I personally believe that my graphic was easy to read but when shown to my friend they disagreed.








Flag Pole Lab Math 2018

In this lab, we had to find out the height of the Canadian flagpole in front of our school. We were supposed to use triangulation to calculate the height. Our idea was to measure from two different distances then see if they were the same. We measured from 2m and 10m. Our answer’s varied by about 2 meters. We developed another strategy to measure my height and my shadow’s height. We then took the quotient of my height/my shadow’s height. Then we multiplied that number by the hight of the flagpole. Which gave us an answer of 10.6. Which was not close to either of our other calculations so we went with that anyway.


Thoughts on Data Analysis 2018

1) I believe that statistics are very important in our society because it is the base of many facts, and of course facts are important because it (should be) is the truth. So statistics are a big part of how we find out about our world.

2) I learned that about 24% of statistics are mathematically flawed because when numbers are involved, the question of authority of that stat is usually not questioned. (Writing this after 3) I also learned that my made up statistic about statistics being made up on the spot was actually correct. Or so I have now read.

3) The problems with statistics is that they can be made up when told, did you know that 86% of statistics are made up on the spot? OK you probably got that that was made up but I think you understand my point. As well as when the study is being done, it is not done properly and there is a biased answer. Like if we asked only Winnipeg fans who they wanted to win the cup and our final outcome was that everybody wants Winnipeg to win.