3. 2. 1. Educators Launch Learning To New Heights
Lightbulbs went off at this conference room at the JW Marriott.
Educators spent Tuesday afternoon playing with sensors.
They also built their own.
It doesn't look like much, but a tiny chip can launch science experiments to new heights.
"We have the same sensors actually running in satellites in space travelling 17,000 miles around Earth. So you come from learning about sensors in the classroom to doing Earth observing experiments in space," said Kevin Cocco of Ardusat.
The workshop's instructor, Kevin Cocco, says these sensors are placed on cube satellites then attached to a rocket--which later deploys it to outer space.
"It's a great application,” said Shana Shaw of Austin Community College. “The cube satellites are gaining popularity and they're low altitude so they're easy to work with and get some more data."
These tiny satellites can measure a rocket's altitude, direction and speed upon launching.
They can also be used to explore the Earth's magnetic field.
Sounds like advanced science, but elementary school students can also join in the fun.
"It allows our kids to facilitate different activities and experiments allowing them to gather data," said Lindsey Herring of Dripping Springs Elementary School.
Cocco says talking about this new capability has become more exciting that, just a few days ago, Astronaut Scott Kelly came back after spending a year in space.
Cocco added, "His ability to actually look down at Earth and kind of see it as a single organism, we like to extend that excitement to the classroom."
Excitement that these teachers will soon take home, hoping to inspire the next generation to one-day reach for the stars.
Herring added, "If I can reach one kid that's passionate about science or space, it makes it worth it."