Goal of this mission is involving younger students in a multi-subject project as a space program, to move them to scientific culture promoting a practical, “hands-on” teaching system. In the framework of this project, students of secondary schools will be directly involved in the design and realization of the satellite experimental payload, as well as in the telemetry data reception when satellite will be in orbit. They also will use a small technological demonstrator to understand the complex architecture of a space system and will get lectures about specific space related topics. For this aim, in the last two years GAUSS started a new educational program with students of high schools, “Astronautica in classe”: students learn the principles of celestial mechanics, use didactical software, design and build a satellite mock-up and participate directly to the activities of the Ground Station San Pietro in Vincoli (SPIV), located at School of Aerospace Engineering, with a real time internet connection. Professors, researchers and students of the School of Aerospace Engineering teach to high schools student how to manufacture and interface satellite subsystems, building step by step simplified subsystems: starting from structure, moving through power storage and generation system, ending with simple temperature or battery voltage sensors data transmission. This upgrading solution stimulates the students enthusiasm that grows up while the satellite mock-up improves. In this paper the results of two years of educational activity with high school students is showed and the mission main features are depicted.

A new educational program: astronautics in high school

PIERGENTILI, FABRIZIO;
2007

Abstract

Goal of this mission is involving younger students in a multi-subject project as a space program, to move them to scientific culture promoting a practical, “hands-on” teaching system. In the framework of this project, students of secondary schools will be directly involved in the design and realization of the satellite experimental payload, as well as in the telemetry data reception when satellite will be in orbit. They also will use a small technological demonstrator to understand the complex architecture of a space system and will get lectures about specific space related topics. For this aim, in the last two years GAUSS started a new educational program with students of high schools, “Astronautica in classe”: students learn the principles of celestial mechanics, use didactical software, design and build a satellite mock-up and participate directly to the activities of the Ground Station San Pietro in Vincoli (SPIV), located at School of Aerospace Engineering, with a real time internet connection. Professors, researchers and students of the School of Aerospace Engineering teach to high schools student how to manufacture and interface satellite subsystems, building step by step simplified subsystems: starting from structure, moving through power storage and generation system, ending with simple temperature or battery voltage sensors data transmission. This upgrading solution stimulates the students enthusiasm that grows up while the satellite mock-up improves. In this paper the results of two years of educational activity with high school students is showed and the mission main features are depicted.
Proceedings of 58th IAC, International Astronautical Congress
C. Cappelletti; M. L. Battagliere; F. Piergentili; F. Santoni; F. Graziani
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