Build a Relay Inspired by Space Communications

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Learn how the professionals at NASA send information across space. Engineers use a microdevice, laser pointer, and mirrors as relays to model data transmission in space. Scholars program a microdevice to detect light received and test how mirrors and their positions affect light intensity using measurements from the microdevice.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Create a data sheet with space to sketch designs and record light intensity changes
Classroom Considerations
  • Uses materials not common in every classroom, so prepare ahead of time
  • Requires one laptop or tablet per group
  • Must have familiarity with Python programming language or block code to operate a microdevice
Pros
  • Background section provides a real-world connection for project introduction
  • Includes rubric to clarify assessment criteria
Cons
  • None