Space DaySpace Day at the Smithsonian is an opportunity for students to learn about many topics related to space exploration as well as space communications
Review and adapt these ideas to develop instruction before and after your planned ARISS contact.
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Here are some activities and lesson plans shared by Rita Wright retired teacher and host of the very first ARISS contact with astronaut Bill Shepherd at Luther Burbank Elementary School in Burbank, IL in December 2000. Valesare and SuitSat/ARISSat (Grades K-4) Introduction to unit
- ARISSat title page
- National Standards
- Content page K-4
- The story of SuitSat
- Look Carefully activity to be used with Look Carefuly Story
- Lets Fly a Kite 2
- Lets Fly a Kite TP
- Kite Vocab
- Delta Wing
- Adelino Instructions
- Adelino Kite Instructions 2
- 20 Kites
Can You Hear Me?
Communications Unit (Grades 5-7) Communications
- A Patient Waiter is No Loser - story
- How do we communicate – image page
- National and state learning standards
- Communication Index of material
- How do we communicate – opening lesson
- Electromagnetic Spectrum
- ElectroMag SpecDraw1
- ElectroMag Activity
- Wave Prop Rope
- Wavepro Act2 activity
- Spectrum of light activity
Morse Code Oscillator
- Burbank Code Diagram
- Burbank wiring diagram
- Wiring Diagram activity
- Wiring diagram answer key
- Sending and Receiving a message
- Hamfesters Morse code
Humans & Space (Grades 8-9) Introduction to unit
If Humans Could Fly?
Momentum and Friction
Force and Newton
Rocket pattern and Altitude tools
Gravity and Solar Energy
Tommy Gober, N5DUX developed this lesson for teaching the concept of azimuth and how we use azimuth to find satellites in space.
As part of preparation for an Amateur Radio contact in September 2010 with Col. Doug Wheelock on the ISS, Kopernik Observatory welcomed students from neighboring middle and high schools to participate in the activities outlined here.