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Planetary Rescue Squad


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    Twin Cities Public Television

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Planetary Rescue Squad

This is an online Flash game where learners can experiment with ballistics and how to compensate for the varying levels of gravity found on the planets of our Solar System. Their mission: set the proper variables to launch rescue packages to space colonists on different planets, starting with Earth and progressing to the far reaches of the Solar System. Learners adjust the launch angle and force to reach the targets.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • computer with internet access and Adobe Flash Player

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft
    • Solar System
      • The Moon
      • The Planets
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Projectile Motion
      • Newton's Laws
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving

Informal Categories


  • Games

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • hear
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • DragonflyTV

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., ©2006

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation

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