That Time We Gave Earth a Ring Made of Millions of Tiny Needles

They tried to put a ring on it! In the 60s, scientists had a plan to improve communication technology. Adding a ring of copper needles around the earth would help to boost radio wave signals. Scholars can watch a video lesson from a solar system series to learn the science behind the attempts.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a timeline of the events related to the ring
  • Use screenshots from the video lesson to add to your own lesson presentation
Classroom Considerations

  • Beneficial for pupils to have knowledge of the behavior of radio waves

  • Takes time to explain the science behind the theory
  • Offers an option for closed captioning to assist in note taking

  • None