Find your assigned group and your assigned seating for today. (You'll be working with different groups each class, so eventually you'll get to meet everyone else in this class.)
Notice that everyone appears as a dog, cat, bear, or bunny on the roster sheets, so after you find your assigned seating, group pictures will be taken, and your faces will be cropped out. (Anyone notice the degrees of separation between these people? Also note that these are not the real faces for these names.)
When you get your group worksheets, discuss and list at least five astronomy-related car brands--they can either be makes or models, and can be classic and/or current cars.
Then list some astronomy-related name brands you would find at a supermarket. Think of at least five food-related brand names, and at least five non-food related brand names. (Now would alcohol be considered a food, or non-food item? Hey, that's your call.)
Even though you might find DVDs, books, and miscellaneous merchandise at a supermarket, avoid any astronomy-related TV shows, movies and books, as these would be too obvious. (You know who you are, "trekkers" and "twihards.")
Also answer a few other questions on the worksheet, such as:
- List at least three astronomy-related concepts you expect to be interesting.
- List at least three astronomy-related concepts you expect to be confusing.
- Ask at least one question, or make a comment that you would like the instructor to respond to at the end of this in-class activity.
Now let's take a look at the some results from previous semesters.