This activity allows participants to build a paper model of the GPM Core Observatory and learn about the technology the satellite uses to measure precipitation from space. Directions explain how to cut, fold and glue the individual pieces together to make the model. The accompanying information sheet has details about the systems in the satellite including the Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR), the GPM Microwave Imager (GMI), the High Gain Antenna, avionics and star trackers, propulsion system and solar array, as well as a math connection and additional engineering challenges.


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History of science,NSDL,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,High School Programming,GPM Microwave Imager (GMI),Mathematics,Earth Science,Engineering and technology:Aircraft, probes, satellites and/or spacecraft,Upper Elementary,Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar,Physical sciences:Light and optics,The nature of science:Science and society,Informal Education,GPM,Middle School,Satellite components,Middle School Programming,Elementary School,Youth Public,History/Policy/Law,Physics,General Public,Engineering and technology:Remote sensing,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140811103346685T,The nature of technology:Technology and society,Engineering,High School,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Mathematics:Measurement,Technology,Geoscience



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