Project Diary Astrobioloy & astrogeology

Hey! Our names are Leonor Duque, Ana Rita Neves, Inês Nunes and Inês Ventura, respectively.

We study Science at our local high school in Entroncamento, Portugal.

We've been friends for a really long time so there would be no better group.

Team Curly Hair, Don´t Care!!

10th of December, 2016


A few days our Geology teacher, Marta Azevedo, told us about this Project and we loved the idea. We were immediately excited to work! We were told that there were six different themes we could work on, and that each group would have a different theme. The themes were: Geomedicine, Astrobiology and Astrogeology, Speleology, Sismology, Paleontology and Forensic Geology. This way every group would have the chance to pick whichever theme they liked more and if more than one group piked the same theme we would have a sortition. From the start we were very intrigued about Astrobiology and Astrogeology so we decided to pick that one, but we weren't the only group interested. Another group had chosen the same theme. There was a sortition and we were lucky enough to win. We were extremely happy!!

These were all the possible themes for the work.
We picked Astrobiology and Astrogeology

13th of December, 2016

2. Task distribution:

(left to right: Ana Rita Neves, Leonor Duque, Inês Nunes, Inês Ventura)

Ana Rita Neves: in charge of translation and writing of the Project diary, video and poster; in charge of research about Astrobioloy and astrogeology in Constância (Centro de Ciência Viva), gathering all the necessary materials for the experiences (with Inês Nunes).

Leonor Duque: in charge of the making and organization of the poster (Astrobiology) and making of the video.

Inês Ventura: in charge of the making and organization of the poster (Astrogeology); in charge of printing out different parts of various living beings bodies for the Astrobiology experience.

Inês Nunes: in charge of finding videos about the theme which can be used during the presentation; in charge of research about Astrobiology and Astrogeology in Tomar, gathering all the materials for the experiences (with Ana Rita Neves).

16th of December, 2016

3. Experiences are fun!

Today we started thinking about both experiences we´re going to do during our presentation. After some research we decided that, as for Astrobiology, we´re simply going to show and explain to our little biologists (our Project is also made for kids because we need to show them that Science rules!!) that Extraterrestrials don´t exactly look like in the movies we all see. Firstly, we´ll have them put together different body parts of various animals according to their idea of a living being. We will discover that what they have in mind is a being fisically equal to us. We´ll collect water from a place near our town and and put this to the test: can a normal prokaryote survive in extreme conditions? We want to show them that a living being does not need to have a body like ours: eyes, legs, nose.... we´re all made of cells! For our Atrogeology Project we will show that the swarf arrangement shows the direction of the magnetic force at each point around the magnet. Just as on our planet, the particle cluster is larger at the poles, because the magnetic force is also higher there . We are also planning on having mockups of the solar system planets and tell them some curiosities about the planets.

For these experiences we are going to need: beaker; stirring rod; water; microscope; straw; cardboard; 2 sheets of A4 paper; swarf and a magnet.

Preparing the microscopes for our experience (Ana Rita Neves)
Tests (Leonor Duque)
Deciding whether or not we should use a telescope for our presentation (Ines Ventura)
Learning about our solar system/ Evolution
Astrogeology poster (Leonor Duque)
Writing down our every move on Project Diary (Ana Rita Neves)
Research (Ana Rita Neves, Leonor Duque and Inês Nunes)

SOLAR SYSTEM- introducing our project

Making the presentation texts (Ana Rita Neves and Leonor Duque)
Astrobiology poster (Inês Ventura)
Planning our presentation space (Ana Rita Neves)
Testing the water for our Biology experience (Inês Nunes)
Our solar system
"My E.T" (Ana Rita Neves and Inês Ventura)
Some of the materials we´ll be using
Our presentation timetable
Bacteria (Inês Ventura)


Setting up the tents
Decorating the interior of the tent (Ana Rita Neves, Leonor Duque, Inês Ventura)

DAY 1: 29TH OF MARCH 2017

Getting ready (Leonor Duque, Inês Ventura, Ana Rita Neves and Inês Nunes)
Astrogeology: magnet and swarf experience (Inês Nunes); Astrogeology: solar system (Ana Rita Neves); Astrobiology: bacteria (Inês Ventura and Leonor Duque)

DAY 2: 30TH OF MARCH 2017

Having fun!!

DAY 3: 31ST OF MARCH 2017


This project has been the hardest and the most fun to make. We learned that Astrobiology and Astrobiology are some of the most interesting themes we could ever work on. We learned a lot about other different beings- our E.T's (bacteria) and in which condicions they survive; we learned about the earth's poles and how the magnetic force works; and we learned about our solar system amongst the new planets found. We also learned how to work in a team, helping each other and having fun. This work could have never been done without our teacher- Marta Azevedo, do whom we are extremely thankful to. The project was a success and we are all very proud!

(Leonor Duque, Inês Ventura, Inês Nunes, Ana Rita Neves)

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