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Soaring Satellites


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    Museum of Science, Boston

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Soaring Satellites

Working in small teams, learners try to build a satellite that can float for at least five seconds in the marked area of a vertical wind tube. Learners think about and explore the concepts of lift and weight as they try to adapt their satellite to hover between the lines.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Pipe cleaners
  • Straws
  • K’Nex axles
  • Plastic disposable pipettes
  • Wooden sticks
  • Domed lids
  • Paper cone cups
  • Film canisters
  • Fun foam shapes
  • Cut pool noodles
  • Plastic clips
  • Laminated paper people or cargo
  • Vertical wind tubes for testing

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
    • States of Matter
      • Gases
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Model Building

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

Rights:

  • Museum of Science, Boston, 2010

Funding Sources:

  • The Gordon Foundation
  • Volunteer Service League, Museum of Science Boston

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