May 2019 archive

I Wonder Project

For my astronomy wonder project, I decided to take an approach in which I could question climate change found on other planets. If climate change on other planets exists, does this mean that humans are not the only factor causing global warming? Are there ways for us to stop climate change before the problem is too large to handle? So many questions and not enough answers. Therefore, I specified my idea further to read as the following: I wonder if observing climate change on other planets can help us predict the effects of climate change on Earth…

Expanding on this idea, I found a video by Stephen Hawking. He explains that Venus lived a very similar life to that of planet Earth however, the effects of climate change are much more prominent there.

After continuing my research, I decided to display the main ideas in the form of a Piktochart (attached below).

As shown above in my Piktochart, I not only learned that climate change can be tracked from space but I also learned that we are not the only planet experiencing this problem.

Mars, a planet we are learning more and more about everyday, has also experienced changes that leads humans to believe that climate change is taking place. The patterns found in rocks indicates that the reason there are softer layers and harder layers found in craters is due to climate change.

Secondly, I was very surprised and taken aback when I dove into the very familier history of Venus. Again, as stated in my Piktochart, Venus was once a planet very similar to Earth until it wasn’t. The Venus greenhouse effect is a tool we should be using to save planet Earth. Venus is our magic crystal ball, showing us our future if we do not do something to change our ways. Therefore, reflecting on my wonder idea “I wonder if observing climate change on other planets can help us predict the effects of climate change on Earth…” I can now say with confidence that I believe learning about climate change on other planets can help us predict Earth’s climate change patterns.

Information Fluency Reflection:

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

When I first started my project, my question was very hard to answer. I wondered whether our planet is harming the universe since we are harming our planet through climate change. As Earth is so small compared to the galaxy and even the universe, I was not able to find very much information to answer this thought. Therefore, I continued with the information that I had already discovered, but chose to reframe my idea and ultimately narrow in my search. I continued to research different planets and their climates as well as how this information could be relevant for Earth.

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

Throughout this process, I was able to apply many skills that I have learned this year. When researching, I chose to explore the Gale Learning website found on the Riverside Library page. This site was very easy to use as many, if not all sources were already cited. When I researched elsewhere, I made sure to site my sources using BibMe. Finally, I hoped to display my learning in a creative format. This was my first time using Piktochart and I would definitely use it again. It was fairly simple to design my poster as well as customize the pictures and locations of everything.

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

The process in which I investigated the topic was simply through research. I would google a question and more times than not, this question would lead to another. I took time to step back and throughly think about the best way to phrase questions as well what information was necessary to record.

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

As I mentioned above, I used both Gale Learning and BibMe to cite and verify my sources. I chose websites such as NASA and National Geographic when researching instead of personal blogs as I have learned that blogs do not always present the facts, more so they present opinions.

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

I believe that this process went rather smoothly. I did come to the realization that I needed to change my wonder thought but once I was past that, I did not encounter many challenges. For next time, I  believe that I can always do more research. When given an inquiry project, you can never have enough research so that would definitely be something I can do better. I could possibly inquire about other planets (aside from Mars and Venus) with climate change issues as well as other galaxies. For this project however, I am very proud of my final product and I am thankful to now have this knowledge to share with the world.