2004 EPO Award Recipient
Stimulating Interest in Space Careers through CricketSat Activities
Investigators: Drs. Scott Starks and Sally Blake
University of Texas at El Paso
The project centers on a space-related educational outreach activity by which students can construct a device known as a CricketSat. The CricketSat is a low cost, fully functioning telemetry device that can support actual data collection, recovery, and analysis. The device is similar in its nature and its function to devices found on actual space hardware. Through this grant, kits will be developed that include the electrical components necessary to build the CricketSat device along with experiments that can be conducted once it is constructed. Lesson plans tied to state and national standards will be developed that explain the technology and mathematics used in the activity. These kits are intended to support space-related educational outreach for middle and high school students. Sample kits will be distributed through a network that includes the Texas Space Grant Consortium and the Texas PreFreshman Engineering Program.
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