Lesson 2.2 - Activity: Orbit an Artificial Satellite
Estimated Lesson Time:
One class (1 hour)
Small group, hands-on activity.
Science background Information:
Refer to Lesson 2.1.
Review Lesson 2.1 vocabulary.
Materials and Equipment:
Assorted materials, such as buttons, balls, washers, paperclips, string, fishing line, yarn, etc. (Some thing to swing an object about in the air.)
Gather appropriate materials.
Divide up class into small groups. Divide materials between each group or allow individual groups to choose their own materials. Each group is to create a model of an artificial satellite in orbit.
Follow-up activity: Discuss the results of their experimentation by comparing the different satellites constructed. Re-enforce the concept of revolution, orbit, and artificial "pupil-made" satellite. Note how the differences in mass and the rate of spin affect the system.
Music: Space Cowboy (lassos-link)