|The following is the application the students needed to complete to
demonstrate their commitment to the program. They had 2 weeks to
complete the activities and were given time in class. All students
applied and were part of the Space School. The marks helped in the
decision of what positions to assign each of the students for the
Astronaut Space School Application
are very fortunate to be one of the participants chosen to apply to
this year’s Astronaut Space School. During this camp you will be
fortunate to simulate a space shuttle launch, gain understanding our
solar system, learn about and then simulate living and working in
Space, forces, the moon, seeing stars and much more. Just some of the
questions you will answer through the experiments you will conduct: Can
anyone hear you scream in space? Do astronauts grow taller in Space?
Does practice make perfect in the Space shuttle?
Points are allotted for each section of the application and this may
influence the position you are assigned in our crew of astronauts. Time
will be given in class to complete much of this application although
you will need to do some at home if you need more time. Also, the
Physical Training Portion will require a parent signature. The
following is what needs to be included in your application.
Section 1: Essay (20 points)
a manned space program is very expensive and dangerous. On January 28,
1986, 7 astronauts lost their lives when the space shuttle Challenger
was destroyed in a tragic accident. On February 1, 2003, another 7
astronauts lost their lives when the space shuttle Columbia re-entered
the atmosphere. Many people are wondering why we should continue
funding such an expensive and risky program when we have so many
problems to solve right here on Earth, problems like overpopulation,
deforestation, loss of the ozone layer, global warming, pollution, war,
poverty, disease, and so on.
Write an essay explaining why countries should continue funding a manned space program.
Section 2: Problem Solving and Experimental Design (20 points)
you are exploring the surface of Mars and find a mysterious blue
substance attached to the side of a large boulder. You found the
substance on the sunlit side of the boulder, and you could not find any
of the substance on the dark side of the boulder. You decide to take a
sample back to the laboratory for analysis. When you scoop up a portion
of the substance, with your little shovel, you notice that it flows
like warm syrup.
Design an experiment to determine whether the
blue substance is a living organism or not. Include the sections:
Problem, Hypothesis, Materials, Procedure, Possible Results and
Conclusions. You may use Science textbooks for help.
Section 3: Physical Training (20 points)
an astronaut requires excellent health and physical fitness. It also
requires independence. This task is to prove that you can independently
train for Space. You will need to ask your parent or legal guardian to
verify that you do the outlined exercises for 10 consecutive days.
chart was given to the students. They needed to do push-ups, crunches
and running. Five push-ups were required on Day 1 and increased
gradually to twelve. Students were expected to do twenty-five crunches
the first day and by the tenth they were doing thirty-five. Finally,
students were were asked to run 1.6 km or 1 mile each day for ten days.
The time it took to complete the distance was to decrease over the ten
Please note that to get a total of 10/10 in this
part of the application, all days must be completed. Push-ups need to
be done with a straight back. Proper technique has been demonstrated in
class. Good luck!
Section 4: Classification of the Strange Creatures Caminalcules
the help of a partner, you will help classify the alien creatures
Caminalcules. These creatures will be given to you in a set (a
mathematical term for a group, a class or a collection). It is your
job, with the help of your partner to divide the member into subsets
until they are in a subset of their own. You will need to refer to the
Caminalcules Classified dossier for more information.
Section 5: Astronaut Self-Portrait (10 points)
You will need to draw yourself as an astronaut. The picture must be in colour but the art medium you choose is up to you.
Section 6: Cover Letter (10 points)
you have completed the other tasks, you will need to write a cover
letter explaining why you would be an ideal candidate for the Astronaut
Space Camp. You will be given help in class as to how to write a cover
letter. This is time to boast about your qualities!