Design That!

To participate, please send photos and/ or a short video of your project along with the documentation including team name to rogerthat@gvsu.edu. The pictures and videos will be put into a presentation to be shown at the conference.

Please note, do not send pictures with the kids faces if you don’t wish to have them used in the presentation

Design That!  Roger goes Virtual for 2021! To commemorate the life of Grand Rapids’ own Roger B. Chaffee, Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Public Museum are co-hosting the fourth annual Roger That! conference on the weekend of February 19-20, 2021.  We invite interested 4th – 8th grade students in the greater Grand Rapids area to participate in Design That! - a design challenge that focuses on four major areas related to space exploration.  Problems to solve: 	Humans in Space  	Communities in Space 	Robots in Space  	Simulations (Virtual Reality) in Space  Examples of things you can do: 	Explain concepts related to space or space exploration 	Write a story or perform a  play about space travel or life in space 	Design clothing, buildings, or devices for space travel or life in space  	Build physical devices (robots or models) to be used in space exploration  	Create a webpage or computer model relevant to space or space exploration 	Discuss how astronauts use simulations for training  How to participate: 1.	Select a topic, form a team (recommended size 2-6 students), and do the research on your topic. 2.	Let us know you’re interested in participating in Design That! by Friday, January 29th, 2021. 3.	Email your project reflection and your project documentation (explained below) to rogerthat@gvsu.edu  by Monday, February 15th, 2021.  4.	Student teams will create a short (3-5 min) video describing their projects to share with the attendees. (Instructions on how to do this will be posted shortly, so stay tuned.)  Project Reflection (up to 3 pages including figures and bibliography): 1.	A creative title and unique team name for your project  2.	Your reason(s) for choosing the topic 3.	Your research into the topic 4.	The outcome of your project (or solution to your problem) 5.	Something(s) you learned that surprised you 6.	The most challenging part of your project  Awards will be based on: •	Project documentation (copy or picture of your poster, your story, video of your play, pictures of any physical models or robots, etc.) •	Project reflection (content, scientific accuracy, grammar, appropriate referencing) •	Innovation (creativity and originality) Prizes include:  •	Certificates for each team member    •	Pizza party (if possible) or space-themed prize for your class •	Museum ticket package

Participation Guidelines

Hello!  Grand Valley State University and the Grand Rapids Public Museum are proud to bring you the fifth annual Roger That! conference on the weekend of February 19-20, 2021. This event is a celebration of space exploration in honor of native Grand Rapidian and Michigan’s first astronaut, Roger B. Chaffee. As part of this conference, we invite interested 4th – 8th grade students in the greater Grand Rapids area to participate in Design That! -  a design challenge that focuses on four major areas related to space exploration – Humans in Space, Communities in Space, Robots in Space, and Simulations in Space.  Students are encouraged to design and build physical objects or use non-fictional and fictional narrative styles to present challenges related to space exploration. Full details are provided in the attached document, which is suitable for sharing directly with your students.  Note, separate awards will be presented for 4th – 6th grades and 7th - 8th grades.  Participation in Design That! can align with the following K-12 Standards: •	Michigan K-12 Science Standards Performance Expectations: MS-PS2-1. Forces and Interactions; MS-PS3-3. Energy; MS-LS2-5. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems; MS-ESS1-2. Space Systems; MS-ESS3-3. Human Impacts; MS-ETS1-1 through MS-ETS1-4. Engineering design.   •	NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Defining Problems, Developing and Using Models, Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions, Engaging in Argument from Evidence, Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information  •	ELA Common Core Standards by Domain: Comprehension and Collaboration, Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas, Production and Distribution of writing, Research to Build and Present Knowledge Student teams will create 3-5 minute video presentation of their projects, to be shared with conference attendees and event judges on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20. Details about the presentation format and schedule, and instructions on creating the videos will be posted on the Roger That! website.  Please feel free to contact us via email at rogerthat@gvsu.edu or via phone at 616-331-8126 with any questions you may have. More information is available at www.gvsu.edu/rogerthat.  Thank you	 Dr. Samhita Rhodes, GVSU Engineering and Dr. Karen Gipson, GVSU Physics

For Design That!, students are encouraged to design and build physical or virtual objects or use non-fictional and fictional narrative styles to present challenges related to space exploration. This is an exciting competition that gives teams of 2-6 students a chance to win prizes and the opportunity to present their work as part of a space-focused conference at Grand Valley State University.