My capstone presentation was very successful, I mostly memorized everything and only had a few stutters. Capstone helped me with my time management, researching and memorizing. Capstone was very fun and exciting because it gave me the time to research on part of my passion which is space. I hope you enjoy my capstone presentation on space travel.
Capstone for me was a hard a project. Researching for me was very tiring and boring because I got the same information many times, I also wanted to stop researching and just relax. At the start of the project we had to fill in search terms and try them all out. Most of my search terms work but some had repetitive information so I didn’t use them. Finding a interview was hard for me. Mrs. Boyer helped me find a short interview with Andrew Rader a rocket scientist who works at SpaceX. After a really long time I found a guy named Stephan Ord through many emails calls. He is NASA’s flight Opportunities technology manager. We had a interview via Skype, it was very successful because I got three pages of notes. Writing my script was a hard part. I always came through an error like saying ‘we’ many times in the script. I was not supposed to say ‘we’ because I was not building the spacecraft. Memorizing for me was the second hardest part other than researching. I had to say paragraphs many times over and over, I always wanted to do something else. My final presentation was easy I just had to add in pictures to fit parts of my script and label some of the pictures. My main Inquiry question was
“How will designers produce spaceships that protect civilians against obstacles in space and safely bring them to their destination?”
Designers can use whipple shields to reflect off space junk or micrometeoroids. Spacecraft rarely run into micrometeoroids and can easily plug it up if a spacecraft runs into one. A spacecraft should also have an emergency air system in case they have a hole in their spacecraft, and spacecraft should have dense walls, but not to thick because the spacecraft should be light in order to move fast. The U.S. air force can also detect obstacles in space and they can tell you when you’re near one.
I learned a lot from capstone like how to organize my time better, good ways to memorize, and now I have better researching skills.
I had a very successful interview with Stephan Ord via Skype. Stephan Ord is NASA’s flight opportunities technology technology manager. I asked him 14 questions and he helped me type down everything he said. I learned many things including it would cost up to billions just to make satellites. Right now NASA has a mission called the S.L.S. which stands for Space Launch System, it might go to the moon but it would be so big and strong it could even go to mars! This Interview helped me a lot and gave me 4 pages worth of notes.