Our class, along with the grade 6's from Highland Heights Jr. P.S. received an email about a contest to participate in an Education Outreach Event on Friday, October 3, 2014, titled the "International Student Zone" being hosted by the International Space Education Board. We were asked to respond to the prompt below:
“Studying the relationship between Earth and Space has allowed humans to learn about the ways that Space exploration can benefit our society (Grade 6, Science, 1.2, p. 122). How does your Grade 6 Class believe that Space exploration can benefit our society (such as in Canada, in Ontario, in Toronto and in TDSB Schools and Classrooms)?”
Here is what we wrote together:
We believe that space exploration can benefit our society in many ways. Society could benefit from the technology developed for space, studying the stars, and handling climate change, and many other reason we could not include at this time.
There are a lot of dangers in space travel, one of them is the temperatures, from freezing cold darkness, to the burning hot sunlight of space. If you want to go out into space you need special equipment for the heat and cold, like a space suit. These suits need to be made by people. Making them is important to society because it gives people jobs. Also these suit could also help people on Earth, like firefighters. They would benefit from this type of suit to protect them from the extreme heat of fires. Scientists who work in extremely hot and/or cold place like; the Antarctic, Arctic and who research volcanoes, could benefit from them as well.
We also think studying stars is important to our society. That is because the Sun is a star and scientist might want to study stars to learn more about our Sun, because the Sun is a star, and the Sun give us energy and heat. The Sun basically provides a source of energy to use like energy solar power panels which the sunlight activates them. The Sun also give us heat. The thing about the Sun is that it is our most use energy source. Studying the star’s will help us to see the birth of a star and the end of the star. All this will help us to find better ways of using the Sun's energy.
Finally, we think it is important to know about space because you will know how the atmosphere works. We think the ozone layer is very important for our planet. But the hole in the ozone layer because of climate change which is bad for the environment. Being in space can help with studying the earth. It is a good idea to explore space because we could find new planets to live on if our planet dies. For example, if climate change destroys the planet we could find a new planet that has the same characteristics of Earth.
In conclusion, space is important because we are living on one of the planets in space. We must find out more information about our surroundings and outer space. The reasons above; technology, stars and climate change are not necessarily the most important things that can benefit our society, but they are important and concern our future, and safety of our people.