Space Center Houston hosted the Space Exploration Educators Conference and Enterprise In Space as a presenter.
The attached information describes topics presented at SEEC by Lynne Zielinski, Education Manager and Frances Dellutri, Deputy Manager of Enterprise In Space. Items referenced or distributed to registrants during the workshop are noted in this Education Development Resource.
Trek-A-Sat Materials and Resources
Workshop participants followed the progress of satellites during the course of the 90 minute session. Some participants used data taken on the orbiting satellites prior to the conference.The following links give the actual lesson that is suggested for the classroom:
A second lesson found in the EIS Academy allows more information on satellites:
The following materials were discussed during the Trek-A-Sat Session.
Example satellites to track: Hubble, ISS, Military Satellite #59, West Star 4 and Polar.
This session is an introduction to Orbital Debris, explaining what it is, where it comes from, and why we should care. The PowerPoint introduction prepares the workshop teachers for the Albedo Activity that follows.
Another resource within the EIS Academy is the Detecting Orbital Debris Lesson
The session addresses the expanding problem of orbital space debris and investigates one way of detecting, tracking, and analyzing debris through the use of albedo, the reflectivity of light as it is bounced off the debris into sensors on Earth.
This lesson gives an overview of the electrostatic charges found in plasma created by our star or others has an effect on spacecraft and the environment of Low Earth Orbit.
Low Earth Orbit (LEO) is discussed in terms of orbital mechanics and topics that are found in LEO. An activity to portray LEO conditions and topics in a graphic expression called a 'zine' is the product of the session.
Information on the LEO Art Challenge is noted below. Instructions for making the zine are found on the website.
The following resources were referenced during the 'LEO Art Challenge?' Session during the workshop.
Participants shared some Small Steps and Giant Leaps into EIS -- ideas for involvement. Jump in and Join the Team!"
The Workshop has been filled with several space science topics and information about Enterprise In Space.
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