Fidel the Space Dog (Space and Robotics) After School Program

Participants embrace a chosen character (Euclid, Sufi and Iso) in the story. Participants investigate what it takes to make it into space by following the story characters’ need to escape from their world. The participants will mimic the characters by conducting activities to prepare for a future space mission by creating a model spacecraft, sending an exploration robot, and considering sending a live animal (dog) before sending people.

Day 1

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    Character: Participants choose one of three characters from pictures of Sufi, Euclid, and Iso. Read the character sheet for the chosen character and discuss what s/he must be like and what their life is like.

    Story: Watch the video (Media) or read: SnR Graphic Novel Pages – CH. 1 (Connector)

    Media: Refer to the Map of Disce image

    Ask: Guiding questions like these examples, but be sure to end with something similar to question 4: (1) what do you think happened to the City of Disce? (2) where did the old man with the dog come from if no one lives in Disce anymore? (3) do the kids know him so they trust him or is it because there is no one else to trust? (4) why does he say the end of Disce came with the start of the walls?

    Build: Scale Model of Disce (Lesson)

    Media: Refer to images of “KingMyterFist” and “KingAlliteFoot” – Engage students on what the images might be or represent.

    Build: Lead foot wall – Have participants build a section of a wall. The section should be 2 ft. long and 29 in. tall - keep the wall for later days.

    Take-Home Activity:

    Hand-Out Story: Lead Foot Wall give out copies and encourage students to return next class with answers to the story’s questions.

    -How tall is the Iron Fist? 0.112= *1.2 meters** -How tall is the Lead Foot (not including the wall)? 0.3333 = *1 meter** -How tall is the wall around Horus? 11.2 m – 1.2m = 10 meters -How tall is the wall around Disce? 30 – 1 = 29 meters

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Day 2

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    Character: Participants choose one of remaining three characters from pictures of Sufi, Euclid, and Iso. Read the character sheet for the chosen character and discuss how s/he is different from the other character.

    Story: Read as a class or individually: SnR Short Story CH. 2 A Day and Night in Disce (Connectors).

    Ask: Guiding questions like these examples, but be sure to end with question 3: (1) what must life be like in Bjarmaland that the kids want to leave? (2) how did they get a moon that is in pieces? (3) if you want to know about a place far away, or very different from where you live (like outer space), how would you investigate it?

    Build: Telescope – Hands-on activity for students to construct a telescope (Lessons)

    Media: Our World: Hubble History.

    Take-Home Activity:

    Hands on: Optics and trust (Activity)

    Easter Egg: The man’s name is Veteris, which is Latin for “old” and the dog’s name is Fidelis Canis, which is Latin for Loyal Dog, but Veteris calls him Fidel for short.

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Day 3

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    Continuation: – Continue and finish telescope if necessary.

    Character: Participants choose the remaining character from pictures of Sufi, Euclid, and Iso– read character sheet and discuss differences in the characters.

    Story: Watch the video (Media) or read: SnR Graphic Novel Pages – CH. 3 (Connectors)

    Robot: Ozobot basic training lesson 1 – hands-on activity to learn how to use the Ozobots. (Lessons)

    Build: Ozobot tunnels (Activity)

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Day 4

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    Continuation: – continue and finish Tunnel Build if necessary

    Media: Video “Valkyrie: NASA's Superhero Robot”

    Challenge: Get me out of here! (Activity)

    Art: Draw Veteris as a young man and write a short story on how he met Fidel (can be take-home if time is short)

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    • Video: Valkyrie, NASA's Superhero Robot Download

Day 5

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    Story: Short Story – CH. 4 Fidel Volunteers (Connectors)

    Ask: Guiding questions like these examples, but be sure to end with something similar to question 3: (1) What are the key factors in Sufi arguing that Fidel should go? (2) What are the key arguments for Euclid that Fidel should not go? (3) If they decide to send anything into space, how are they going to do it?

    Media: Space Shuttle Launch Viewed From an Airplane.

    Build: a Rocket! (Activity)

    Robots: Escape Velocity & Ozobot orbits (Lesson)

    Take-Home Activity:

    Art: Create a character sheet for Fidel – refer to the character sheets for the characters and participants follow that as a template for Fidel the dog.

    Easter Egg: The dog’s name is Fidelis Canis, which is Latin for Loyal Dog

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    • Escape Velocity and Ozobot Orbits Download
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    • Video: Space Shuttle Launch Viewed from an Airplane Download

Day 6

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    Story: Watch the video (Media) or read: SnR Graphic Novel Pages – CH. 5 (Connectors)

    Challenge: Space traveler and save Veteris (Activity)

    Ask: Whether sending supplies, dogs, or people, a safe landing is necessary. How are space craft and other shipments going to land safely?

    Build: Egg drop contraption (Lesson)

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    • Space Traveler Challenge and Fidel Helps Veteris Challenge Download
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    • Animation: Graphic Novel Day 5 (S&R) Download

Day 7

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    Continuation: – Continue by testing the Egg Drop Challenge (Lesson)

    Story: Short story CH 6 Messages to Home (Connectors).

    Ask: (1) Since Iso is often afraid of bad things happening or something happening to him, how could his friends help him to consistently feel better? (2) What other solutions could the kids have considered in order to help Veteris? (3) What other solutions could the kids use to get messages to their families?

    Challenge: Ciphers and Secrets. (Activities)

    Media: Pigpen Cipher code and Printable Cipher Wheel.

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Day 8

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    Robot: Fidel and Ozo (Activity)

    *Story: *Watch the video (Media) or read: Graphic Novel CH. 7 (Connectors)

    Ask: (1) Why should the kids leave Veteris behind and leave without him? (2) Why should they take him? (3)

    (If this is the last of the sessions/days: handout blank graphic novel templates and have participants finish the story on their own after the program/camp)

    Time-permitting:

    Art: Decorate wall from day 1 (Add the foot sculpture).

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Day 9

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    Story: Short story CH 8 The Eclipse (Connectors)

    Ask: (1) If the kids leave during an eclipse what would happen if people in Bjarmaland saw the rocketship leaving and thought it was an alien or mythical visit from some gods?

    Write: Have participants write-out or create a graphic novel of the townspeople seeing the rocketship leave during an eclipse. The story should be from the perspective of the townpeople, completely unknowing of the kids and their trip.

    Robot: Ozobot Eclipses Celestial Mechanics (Lesson)

    Robot: Ozo Planets in the Ozobot Evo App.

    Media: OzoLaunch Targets (Templates)

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    • Ozobot Eclipses and Celestial Mechanics Lesson Download
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Day 10

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    Continuation: – Continue Ozobot Eclipses and Celestial Mechanics if necessary (Lesson)

    Write: Have participants write or create a graphic novel on launching their own robot. What does it find on another planet? How does the robot get information back home? (Find Templates in Media)

    Hands on: Waxing and waning: Phases of the Moon and Eclipses (Activity)

    Draw: Have participants draw what their robot would look like if they had to make it appear similar to an animal.

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    • Ozobot Eclipses and Celestial Mechanics Lesson Download
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    • Waxing and Waning. Phases of the Moon and Eclipses Download
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    • Printable Graphic Novel Template Sheets Download

Day 11

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    Optional Day or Take-Home for end of camp/program:

    Ask: (1) What would life and celestial mechanics (objects in space) be like if the moon were broken into fragments like in Bjarmaland? (2) What if there were two suns? (3) If participants wanted to study the moon fragments, suns, or other things like an eclipse, how would they do it?

    Build: Make an eclipse viewer (Activity)

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