Honors Assignments:
Fourth Quarter Honors Assignment:

Part 1:

Third Quarter Honors Assignments:

Biosphere Laboratory Extension

Your task is to complete all of the seven items below:

1. Using one of the database resources in the Biosphere Pathfinder (link to pdf file below), find a current article to read about one of the following issues:
  • ocean acidification
  • global climate change
  • acid rain
  • fertilizer runoff and hypoxia.
If you need help with the databases, consult Ms. Stevens in the Media Center.

2. In you own words, summarize the article you read. Explain the claim(s) made in the article about ocean acidification, global climate change, acid rain, or fertilizer runoff and hypoxia.

3. Design an experiment that uses your self-sustaining model biosphere or design a new self-sustaining model biosphere to evaluate the validity of the claim(s) made in the article.

4. In your own words, clearly state the problem you are going to investigate. Include a clear statement of the independent and dependent variables that will be studied.

5a. Design an experiment to solve the problem. Your experimental design should match your statement of the problem, should control variables, and should be clearly described so that someone else could easily replicate your experiment. Include a control, if appropriate.

5b. Write-out and provide a diagram of your experimental design.

6.Use all of the scientific concepts from the current unit to explain how your model biosphere might help solve the problem.

7. Include a discussion of the expected results of your experiment based on what you have observed with the biosphere you created in class and what you have learned throughout the unit (activities, lecture/discussions, readings, etc.).

Stars, Galaxies, and Other Worlds?
Humans and Earth are a small piece of an enormous and diverse cosmic system. No one knows if the universe is infinitely large, or even if ours is the only universe that exists.
Earth is one planet of a single star in a galaxy of hundreds of billions of stars; telescopes allow us to see hundreds of billions of galaxies extending far in all directions in complex patterns of matter and space. Space in this huge system that we call the observable Universe is expanding, and has been since the Big Bang, a very rapid stage of expansion 13.7 billion years ago.

Your Task is to complete both Parts 1 and 2 below:
Part 1. Briefly describe the following objects in our universe: star, nebula, star cluster, galaxy, pulsar, quasar, black hole, dark matter, planet, moon, asteroid, comet.
Include at least one image showing examples of each of these objects.
Some helpful resources:

Part 2. Choose one of the following formats: travel brochure, song, Prezi or slide other slide presentation, pecha kucha, video; and, create marketing materials that provide a tour of one specific location/object in our universe.
to help you develop your marketing materials.

Example of actual promotion of “Space” Travel/Tourism: http://www.virgingalactic.com/http://www.virgingalactic.com/multimedia/
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4h247PPOrY http://www.spacewander.com/USA/english.html

Scale of the Universe: How Big is It?
In the universe, the units of measure useful on Earth, e.g. kilometers and miles, are too small to be useful for the vast distances of the universe.
Humans and Earth are a small piece of an enormous and diverse cosmic system. No one knows if the universe is infinitely large, or even if ours is the only universe that exists.

Your Task is to complete both Parts 1 and 2 below:
Part 1: Design a scale model of our solar system or the known the universe, using locations within the area of Greenwich, CT. You must show all of the assumptions and calculations that you used to determine each of the scale distances.

Example A: You may create a map of Greenwich, CT to plot the scale distances between the Sun and the eight planets in our Solar System. Plot a point on the map to show the Sun's location (for example, the location of GHS or your house). Measuring from the Sun's location on the map, calculate the scale distances and record on the map the location of the planets and other objects in our Solar System. Alternately, you may use push-pins to "flag" locations on your map.

Example B: Construct a 3-dimensional scale model using clay, foam spheres, food items, etc.

In any format you choose, you must show all of the assumptions and all of the calculations that you used to determine each of the scale distances. This information can be provided in a separate document.

Part 2: Relate the size/scale of the solar system and the universe to the challenges humans face in exploring Space and living beyond the Earth. Although the quality of your written response is more important than quantity, a thorough response to this part of the assignment should be at least one and a half pages, 11 point font, 1.5 line spacing in length.

Just a few scale model calculators and links to other potentially helpful resources:

Second Quarter Honors Assignments:

Sports & Electrolytes
Describe how electrolytes help the human body perform and function
1. Diagram and label the basic structure of the human nerve cell
2. Identify the common electrolytes used in the human nervous system
3. Explain the role of electrolytes within the nervous system

Honors Backpack Assignment (Goldstein)

First Quarter Honors Assignments:

Honors Backpack Assignment

Sanitation of Water

Water Sanitation Honors Assignment
Complete the google document above - you may make a copy of this document on google docs, change the title, and share with your teacher.

Solar Cooker
1. Design a controlled, testable lab experiment using your solar cooker
2. Include the following lab write-up sections:
  • Introduction - State the purpose of the lab, clearly indicate what your independent and dependent variables are, Identify any controls
  • Materials List - A detailed list of any and all materials you need for your experiment
  • Procedure - Clear, specific, step-by-step procedures list so that anyone could repeat your lab experiment
  • Predicted Results - Since you are not actually performing your designed experiment; what do you predict the data would show if you were to perform your experiment (be sure to explain why you predict these results)

Fuel for Everest
1. Research the three different fuels from your experiment (isopropyl, white gas, ethanol) in order to find:
  • Background (what is the natural source, common uses)
  • Chemical Formula and structure of your hydrocarbon.
  • Write a chemical formula for the combustion reaction.
2. Create three researchable questions in order to make a decision on what fuel to bring to Everest.
3. On your Everest expedition it will be important for you to sanitize the water to bring water to its' boiling point to kill harmful bacteria. How much heat energy is needed to bring your water sample to boil. Based on your experimental data, how much of fuel will you need to take your experimental sample of water from its' initial temperature to its' boiling point.

Light My Fire Lab (Part 2)
1. Complete the lab handout that was provided with the lab (also found on the Survival Resources page)
2. List what materials in your "crash kit" you did NOT use.
3. Provide an explanation as the why the materials NOT used were not applicable to start your fire based on the scientific concepts learned.

1. Rewrite the ending to the Survival Story you read in class (found under Survival Resources) or write your own survival story using PLAN.