Monday, March 20, 2017

History Day Reflection

For National History Day, the project we chose to research is the Apollo 11 Mission, done in the form of an exhibit, and our thesis is, "July 20th, 1969 was the day that the U.S. took a stand by successfully completing the Apollo 11 Mission of putting a man on the moon, and proving to the world that mankind can explore beyond earth."

What I like most about my project is how we made the board. I enjoyed cutting the board's shape outline out of subfloor wood with a jigsaw. I also enjoyed power sanding and painting the board, too. Overall, this project was really fun to make and design.

One thing that I learned during this project was that there were 5 previous NASA Apollo missions that had to take place before the Apollo 11 mission could launch, and successfully land a man on the moon. This interested me because it showed that there is a lot that mankind didn't know before the Apollo 11 mission. Another thing that I learned was that the thrust-to-weight ratio for the Apollo 11 Mission rocket, Saturn V, was 2.124:1. This interested me because I had wanted to know how powerful the engines were on the rocket, and how much weight the Saturn V rocket could lift.

The hardest part of this project was deciding which project our group should work on because there were so many topics that we could chose to work on. I think it was almost even harder for us to decide because we had so many different ideas that we each thought was the best to work on, and we had to come to a consensus. I think was the hardest part of the project.

One spot that I definitely grew in as a student was attention stamina. At the beginning of the project, I could only stay on topic about 5 minutes. But as the quarter progressed, I was able to stay focused for longer and longer periods of time, and even sometimes ended up working through the whole class period without interruption. This was one way I grew as a student during this unit.

What I would like to improve or add to the project is a more detailed response to the questions in the Process Paper. I would like to get as close as I could to the 500 word limit, as well. I would also like to go over the annotations to the photos as a group and possibly improve them. I believe we are solid on all other aspects of the project, so I wouldn't like to make any changes elsewhere, because I think our efforts to make the project better would just make it worse.

What I am most proud of in the project is the board itself because I am the one who mainly made the board. First, I outlined the shape of where to cut the board with a carpenters pencil, going off of our pre-planned design. Next, I used a jigsaw to cut the board into to its shape. After that, I helped Nick sand down the edges of the board to refine the board's shape. Finally, we all three painted the tri-fold to our desired colors. Although this took about 4 hours to complete, I enjoyed doing it, and would possibly do it again in the future.

How our topic of the Apollo 11 Mission relates to the NHD theme, "Taking a stand in history," is by it being the first time that a human had been landed on the lunar surface. Walking on the moon had never been done before, therefore making this event important in history, and taking a stand. This is how July 20, 1969, was an important day in history, and how it proved to the world that mankind can explore beyond Earth.


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