Apollo Space Exploration Project

Introduction

Your mission will be to explore, gather research, and present on one of the Apollo missions into space. Throughout this web quest you will find various resources to interact with and gather a foundation of information. You will then build on that foundation and present to the class your findings. Watch the video below of Neil Armstrong's first moments on the moon and then begin your mission on the following page.

Buzz Aldrin first steps on the moon 

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in spacesuit walking on lunar surface

 

Task

Your task will be to explore each of the Apollo missions listed below by clicking on the links provided. Once you have read about all of the Apollo missions and the mission objectives that they were designed to carry out, pick one that you would like to learn more about and eventually give a presentation on. When you have settled on the Apollo mission that you would like to present your findings on, you will work to gather more sources for your presentation. You may use the links listed below to begin gathering additional resources or you may find your own sources. However, you cannot use wikipedia as a source and you should be wary of websites that you try and gather information from. 

Apollo 1 (January 1967) https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo1.html

Apollo 7 (October 1968) https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo7.html

Apollo 8 (December 1968) https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo8.html

Apollo 9 (March 1969) https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo9.html

Apollo 10 (May 1969) https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo10.html

Apollo 11 (July 1969) https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo11.html

Apollo 12 (November 1969) https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo12.html

Apollo 13 (April 1970) https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo13.html

Apollo 14 (January 1971) https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo14.html

Apollo 15 (July 1971) https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo15.html

Additional resources:

NASA https://www.nasa.gov/

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum https://airandspace.si.edu/

National Geographic https://www.nationalgeographic.com/

Process

You will be creating a Google slides presentation to be presented to the class at the end of our unit. 

1. You will create a Google slides presentation

2. You will gather resources to answer key questions about the mission you have selected

3. You will include all of the following things into your presentation:

  • Introductory slide that includes your name, the name of the mission you are presenting on, and a picture of the spacecraft
  • When the mission was carried out/launched and how long it lasted
  • Why the mission took place 
    • What were they trying to accomplish/find?
  • Who was in charge of the mission
    • Who was part of the crew?
  • Interesting facts that stuck out to you about the mission 
  • Whether or not the mission was successful
  • Works cited page that shows where you got your information 

4. You should include a minimum of 8 slides in your presentation counting your introductory slide. 

5. You must include at least three sources on your works cited page 

  • You may not use wikipedia

6. You will present your findings in front of the class on 4/14 or 4/15

7. Your time frame will be 4-6 minutes

 

 

Evaluation
Criteria               Proficient (5 points) Acceptable (3-4 points) 

Needs Improvement (0-2 points)                                                            

Introductory slide

Slide includes name of student, name of the mission being presented, and a picture of the spacecraft Slide is missing name of student, name of mission, or a picture of the spacecraft Slide is missing multiple components or is not present at all 
Dates of mission Mission date and launch date are both clearly and correctly stated within the presentation Mission date and launch date are vague or not clearly stated within the presentation  Mission date and launch date are not given within the presentation 
Reason for mission Reasoning/objectives of mission are clearly stated and expounded upon by the student Reasoning/objectives of mission are present but not clearly explained by the student Reasoning/objectives are missing or explained by the student 
Success of mission Success or failure of the mission is stated and reasoning is explained by the student Success or failure is stated but reasoning is not clearly given by the student. Success or failure is missing from the presentation and not explained by the student.
Interesting facts about the mission Student clearly states an interesting fact that they found about the mission and effectively presents it to the class Student does not clearly state an interesting fact that they found or gives a fact but does not effectively explain it Student fails to point out an interesting fact they found
Who was in charge/crew members It is clearly stated and explained who was in charge of the mission and who the crew members were within the mission  Who was in charge of the mission is not clearly stated and crew members are not clearly pointed out Who was in charge of the mission and crew members are missing from the presentation 
Works cited page Works cited page includes three relevant resources Works cited page includes two relevant resources Works cited page contains only one or no relevant resources
Time frame Presentation is given within the time frame of 4-6 minutes Presentation is slightly over or under the given time frame by 0-20 seconds Presentation is significantly over or under the given time frame by greater than 20 seconds.

 

Conclusion

Now that you have completed this project, you should have a better understanding of how we eventually got to the moon by continuously building on previous Apollo missions. While not all Apollo missions are as well-known or appreciated as the Apollo 11 mission, they all played a major role in the United States' goal of successfully sending man to the moon. Apollo missions after Apollo 11 were set to further explore the moon and its components as well. In addition to gaining a better understanding of space exploration as a whole, you should have a much higher appreciation for the years of hard work and dedication that went into us reaching this goal. Thank you for your great efforts on this project and happy exploring!

Credits

All Apollo Mission overviews and Buzz Aldrin picture: www.nasa.gov

Apollo 11 video: ABC News

Teacher Page

This assignment is to motivate and provide students with the tools they need to study space exploration. In addition, they will gain skills included in presenting their findings to other students as well.