This is an activity about using models to solve a problem. Learners will use a previously constructed model of the MMS satellite to determine if the centrifugal force of the rotating MMS model is sufficient to push the satellite's antennae outward, simulating the deployment of the satellites after launch. Then, learners will determine the minimum rotational speed needed for the satellite to successfully deploy the antennae. This is the seventh activity as part of the iMAGiNETICspace: Where Imagination, Magnetism, and Space Collide educator's guide. Instructions for downloading the iBook educator's guide and the associated Transmedia book student guide are available at the resource link.


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Engineering and technology:Aircraft, probes, satellites and/or spacecraft,Middle School,NSDL,Grade 6,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,Heliophysics,Grade 7,Engineering,Mathematics:Problem solving,The nature of technology:The design process,Physical sciences:Motion and forces,MMS,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Mathematics:Measurement,Mathematics,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140407123350738T,Technology,Grade 8,Physics



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