Balloon Data Recorder
This project provides a data recorder for a high-altitude weather balloon. The recorder stores sensor values and GPS coordinates onto a data flash module.
This page describes how to do measurements of a mockup exoplanet using a light sensor and light bulb.
Satellite Sensing: Temperature and Reflectance
This page describes how to use an Arduino, sensors, and cell phones to make measurements that are analogous to measurements made by earth science satellites.
This lesson demonstrates the relationships between position, velocity, and acceleration. Later in the lesson, the student controls a space ship, attempting to land within given velocity requirements. The lesson ends with a quiz about the connections between position, velocity, and acceleration.
This lesson demonstrates conservation of momentum during inelastic collisions. The students play a simple game with a spaceship collecting asteroids. The students work through the collision math in both 1D and 2D cases.
Seasons and Axial Tilt
Students will participate in an experiment to illustrate how the inclination of the earth influences the presence of seasons by measuring the light that strikes a globe. 4 tables with globes must be setup around and equidistant from an open bulb in the center (representing the sun). Rotate the globes to follow the seasons starting with table 1 - Summer for the Northern Hemisphere. It's also recommended to affix them to the tables to keep students from moving them during the exercise.
Requirements: Light Sensor, Globe, Directionless Light Source (Open Bulb)
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