How To Video Assignment Due February 12th, 2015. (150 SpaceBucks)

Physics 2

How To Videos

Project Sheet



Over the next two weeks students on the Delgado/Aguirre team will create How To videos in pairs. The video will address a question of note to help us further our collective knowledge of Space Science, Earth Science, Rocketry, and UAVs. The videos may be used by future members of the Astronomy Club or Brian Delgado’s class.



  1. The first step in the process will be to find a partner and choose a topic. Do that immediately if you have not completed this step.
  2. Once your topic is chosen, you and your partner should research the question, individually if possible. It would be best for each of you to complete a page of research minimum on your topic. You will need to know the information inside and out because, not only will you be making the video, you will be the class expert on this topic.Get this checked off.
  3. Once your notes are taken, you can begin working on a script and storyboard for your video. You will want to storyboard out of of your shots. Think about angles that you want to capture and the story you want to tell through this video. The movie needs to be approximately 3 – 5 minutes in length. In service of the story you can go longer if need be. Get this checked off.
  4. Make a filming schedule. Plan out when you want to film and what equipment you will need. We will need to share microphones, tripods and class cameras. Get Checked off.
  5. Film and edit. The important thing here will be for you to choose a dedicated computer for your video. Save your footage and sound to the hard drive of the computer which will help your group avoid the chance of losing data.
  6. When you are done with the first draft, we will do a critique of it. After your critique is complete you can complete your final draft and upload it to your High Tech High account’s YouTube channel.


Final drafts of your How To videos are due no later than Thursday, February 12th.


The final draft will be worth 150 SpaceBucks (or points for those doing points).


Possible Projects

During the second semester, students will follow one of four science based tracks – Space Science, Earth Science, UAVs, & Rockets. Students will design and execute a plan of their choice in each of the tracks. Below are possible projects within each track.

Space Science

  1. Make a minute physics style video
  2. Complete problem sets
  3. Do video reflections
  4. Build a model of space-time
  5. Do an experiment in a vacuum
  6. Take a picture of the moon
  7. Do a photo essay of the lunar cycle
  8. Complete a study of the sun
  9. Complete a model of the solar system
  10. Figure out a method for doing planetary imaging
  11. Take a picture of a planet
  12. Take a picture of a nebula
  13. Take a picture of a globular cluster
  14. Take a picture of an open cluster
  15. Take a picture of another galaxy
  16. Analyze the light for a star
  17. Find an exoplanet using the light analysis from a star

Earth Science

  1. Do a minute physics style video
  2. Complete Problem sets
  3. Do video reflections
  4. Build a model of an earth system
  5. Chemically analyze water
  6. Complete a model of life on earth
  7. Make a short film showing different earth ecosystems near San Diego
  8. Complete a model of the different epochs of earth history
  9. Do a microscopy study of life
  10. Do a microscopy study of rocks
  11. Use rocks/gems to make jewelry
  12. Use wood, plants, etc to make a scent
  13. Do aerial photography of an earth system
  14. Launch a weather balloon to the upper atmosphere
  15. Do an experiment on a weather balloon in the upper atmosphere
  16. Make a film with the video footage of the weather balloon launch
  17. Build a communications system for the balloon package


  1. Do a minute physics style video
  2. Complete problem sets
  3. Do a video reflection
  4. Build a UAV from a kit
  5. Become a certified UAV pilot
  6. Program the UAV with a flight path
  7. Make a movie with Aerial Photography
  8. Design a body for a UAV and have it manufactured
  9. Design a gimbal for a UAV
  10. Fly a UAV for other students who need video footage



  1. Do a minute physics style video
  2. Complete problem sets
  3. Do a video reflection
  4. Build an air rocket as a study of the rocket body
  5. Build a rocket from a kit to understand the rocket system
  6. Scratch build a rocket, building the body, the chemical engine and launch it.
  7. Design a rocket that can go to space and pitch it to a team building a this type of rocket
  8. Make a movie of a rocket launch

How To Videos

During the first few weeks of the second semester, you will be responsible for creating a How To video on either Space Science, Earth Science, Rocketry or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The topics for the How To videos are listed below:

How To Video Topics



  1. How does a reflecting telescope work?
  2. How does a refracting telescope work?
  3. How does a GoTo telescope mount work?
  4. How does sidereal motion work?
  5. How does retrograde motion work?
  6. How does the iOptron Skytracker work?
  7. How do the eyepieces work?
  8. How does an autoguider work?
  9. How does gravitational lensing work?
  10. How do atmospheric conditions impact deep space visibility?


  1. How do digital cameras work?
  2. How does f-stop work?
  3. How do camera lenses and focal length work?
  4. How does ISO work?
  5. How does shutter speed work?
  6. How does the skystacking software work?

Earth Science

  1. How do microscopes work?
  2. How do weather balloons work?
  3. How does a GPS work?
  4. How does the atmosphere work?
  5. How does the magnetosphere work?
  6. How does weather work?


  1. How does flight work?
  2. How do aerodynamics work?
  3. How do roll, pitch and yaw work?


  1. How do electric motors work?
  2. How do quadcopter props work to create motion?
  3. How do RC controllers work?
  4. How do batteries work?
  5. How does the drone “brain” work?


  1. How do rocket motors work?
  2. How does combustion work?
  3. How does rocket science work?
  4. How does chemical energy power rockets?
  5. How do orbital mechanics work?
  6. How does a gravitational assist work?