Eyes In The Sky
Middle or high school students who are taking industrial technology classes (Itech students) will use technology to learn about orbiting spacecraft designed to study astronomical objects.
1. What are the different types of electromagnetic radiation?
2. What current NASA missions are using orbiting spacecraft?
1. Students will know the name and locate, on a diagram of the light spectrum, the different types of electromagnetic radiation?
2. Students will use the world wide web to research current Space Transportation System (STS) Missions.
3. Students will know how to build and launch a rocket out of paper and tape and launch it within 5 ft. of a pre-defined target.
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General Subject Areas
Industrial Technology, Electronics
Author: Bryan Yager
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Students, using the web, will research the different types of NASA missions, in space, using orbiting spacecraft. Students will learn the basics of Space Transportation Systems (STS) and construct their own rocket based on their learned knowledge in this lesson.
Students are recommended to complete The Great Satellite Search lesson
In an oral or written presenation students will describe the science principals used to build and launch their rocket. Students can refer to their research notes on STS’s.
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Full unit will take five 45-minute class periods excluding the fabrication and launching of rockets made by students.
Best For Grades
National Science Education Standards (NSES)
State Science Standards
Grade 7 Life Science
Grade 8 Physical Science
Grades 9-12 Earth Sciences
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