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Passion for Pixels


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Passion for Pixels

In this technology activity, learners explore digital imaging and pixels. Learners "transmit" an image to a partner by creating an image on grid paper. Learners then use a code of zeroes and ones to send the image digitally. This process mirrors the way remote-sensing satellites transfer images from space to the ground.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • pencils
  • grid paper
  • computer image to illustrate concept of pixels (optional)

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Computing
      • Computer Science
      • Information Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
      • Computer Engineering
    • Technology
      • Information and Communication
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Representation
    • Number and Operations
      • Number Systems
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology

Informal Categories


  • Computers

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

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

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Girls

    • Explicity developed for this group
    • Acknowledges this group's contributions to STEM
    • Highlights STEM opportunities for this group
    • Identifies role models or mentors in STEM fields from this group
    • Uses inclusive images of people from this group

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., ©2010

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0813519
  • ExxonMobil

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