It’s Tuesday, August 23, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)
This website activity, created by Eduweb, was a companion to an exhibit on display in the Littleton Historical Museum in Littleton, Colorado.
When you enter this site, you will first watch a brief animated, narrated, captioned explanation of your mission — to design a satellite! (Be sure to have your speakers on if you want to hear the music.) Then, you will need to ask the people of Littleton for advice on how to:
- Get into orbit
- Make power
- Point at earth
- Relay signals
Each person will have a suggestion for you. For example, for getting into orbit, you can choose between a helium balloon, a regular balloon, and a slingshot. All of these sound impossibly zany at first, but for each task there is exactly one correct answer. After you have chosen the four best ideas, you can go ahead and attempt to launch the satellite.
Hint: The items that the Littleton citizens suggest are not the actual items you will use on the satellite; rather, you need to consider whether or not you can apply the same principles for your satellite as the suggested items employ. Also, even after you have figured out how to design a working satellite, you will want to try several other combinations to see what will happen.
Good luck, and have fun!