STEMonstrations: Orbits

This STEMonstrations: Orbits video also includes:

Learn about the orbit of the International Space Station directly from an astronaut on the International Space Station! Young scholars hear about the shape and path of orbits from a NASA astronaut in the video lesson from a larger STEMonstrations playlist. Follow the lesson with a mathematical exploration of the distance and time of the orbits based on the diameter of the bodies they orbit.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create an interdisciplinary lesson by integrating math and science concepts
  • Give groups different planets to calculate orbits as an additional challenge
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects pupils to make calculations using a simple formula

  • Includes an answer key for the lesson activity
  • Offers an extension activity for those needing a challenge

  • None
Common Core