This video provides an overview and implementation strategy for the Instructor on the use of the recorded Episodes. (running time 3 minutes). Instructional resources for each episode and the associated standards can be found in the resource directories at the bottom of the page.
This episode of Spacegate Station introduces the Astronauts and their Artificial Intelligence computer system named Aurora. It provides the backstory for the program and is intended to be shown to students before they view their first recorded episode. (running time 12 minutes)
This Physical Science focused episode will cover the demonstration of physical and chemical change and how the Astronauts use the impact temperature has on reactions to save the station when an accident occurs on board. (running time 31 minutes)
In this Life Science focused episode, the scientist aboard the station will briefly discuss the Linnaean classification system and then identify the differences between the Kingdoms of Archaebacteria, Eubacteria, Fungi, and Protista. This review will be an essential part of identifying and categorizing an unknown biological material that was found on the Moon and is being evaluated to determine if it is of terrestrial origin. (running time 25 minutes)
In this Nature of Science, Physical Science and Earth/Space Science related episode, the crew of Spacegate Station works with the Scientists of the Lunar Research Center to discuss the impact gravity and atmospheric drag has on a Space Capsule when it returns to earth. In this lesson, the students will be given directions on how to apply the scientific method to investigate, design, and build a space capsule re-entry system. Using different materials, provided by their instructor, students will have to figure out the best way to help slow down the capsule and overcome the problems of re-entry. (running time 14 minutes)
In this Life Science based episode, the crew will help students learn about muscles, bones, and nerves and how they interact in the human body to provide movement. Students will also see how science has taken the understanding of this process to create artificial computer-controlled systems that can emulate human movement. In this lesson, using different materials provided by the instructor, they will create an artificial finger to better understand how both the human and artificial machines work to create movement. (running time 20 minutes)
In this Math and STEM-based episode, the crew will help students learn about computers and the fundamental process of how a program is designed. Students will be introduced to the concept of algorithms which consists of instructional sequences, decision making, and command repetition. In this lesson, using instructional handouts’, the student will then create their own algorithm to better understand the essential parts of developing a program to operate a computer. No computers are needed for this activity. (running time 22 minutes)
In this Math and Physical Science based episode the crew will teach about about how gravity effects the orbit of objects in space and how this impacts the operations of Spacegate Station as it maintains its orbit around the moon. Students will also learn the process and practice the math involved in keeping Spacegate Station in its orbit using the necessary computations. (running time 21 minutes)
In this Math and STEM-based episode, the crew will help students learn about the importance of precision and accuracy in experimentation and review the use of the American Standard Code for information Interchange (ASCII) table. Students will be able to practice the process for converting character based information to hexadecimal, using the ASCII table, so they can better understand the process involved in communicating with Spacegate Station's booster engine computer. (running time 22 minutes)
In this Engineering/STEM - based episode, the crew will help students learn about basic engineering design practices that are used to create structures such as houses. This lesson includes the reading of the children's book "If I Built a House" by Chris Van Dunsen. At the end of this lesson, using different materials provided by the instructor, the students will create their own dream home. (running time 18 minutes)
All applicable Florida Next Generation Sunshine Standards are included in the individual resource packets for each lesson.
This program is intended to be used as a resource to engage students, ignite their imagination, and foster their interest in the future of space exploration. The content of this program was aligned to conform with the fictional universe of Star Trek the original series and follows the standards outlined by CBS Studios and Paramount pictures for a “Star Trek fan film”.