Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA
Students are assigned to read online articles on current astronomy events, and take a short current events quiz during the first 10 minutes of lab. (This motivates students to show up promptly to lab, as the time cut-off for the quiz is strictly enforced!)
NASA/JPL press release, "Object Likely Benign Plastic from Curiosity Rover," October 9, 2012NASA's Mars Curiosity rover used its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument to determine that a small, bright object found in its first sample scoop may be a:
(A) drop of supercooled water.
(B) shred of plastic material.
(C) natural type of diamond.
(D) fragment of an insect-like exoskeleton.
(E) crystal of feldspar or quartz.
Correct answer: (B)
Sections 70178, 70186, 70200
(A) : 1 student
(B) : 16 students
(C) : 3 students
(D) : 0 students
(E) : 4 students