[amsat-bb] simple ways to demonstrate orbital mechanics.
richard.siff at verizon.net
Thu Feb 25 10:37:06 UTC 2016
At K4AMG we have used small boxes and tossed around with a person in the
middle (earth). The kids make the boxes spin and we talk about the height,
spin, and speed. We also talk about how they are launched from earth to ISS
and from the bay off the ISS.
From: Joseph Spier
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 10:32 AM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] simple ways to demonstrate orbital mechanics.
check out the presentation given at the ARRL Centennial at
there may be some things you can use.
On 2/24/2016 5:47 AM, Tom Schuessler wrote:
> Hello all,
> Several of us AMSATers in North Texas will again be representing AMSAT at
> the annual "Moon Day" at the frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love
> this coming July 16. "Moon Day" is a celebration of spaceflight
> past/present and future and is also a very large STEM fair with exhibits
> from many different scientific and Engineering organizations. Many young
> people including Boy and Girl Scouts are in attendance.
> Since there is such a large youth component to this event, I have been
> looking for some fun ways to demonstrate satellites and orbital mechanics
> the people who drop by the booth/table. There is a special STEM patch
> they can earn by visiting different displays and asking questions/filling
> out a worksheet. I am looking for simple but creative/fun ways to
> demonstrate orbital mechanics and also how a satellite like our Fox birds
> work. I plan to build a big poster with images of different types of
> orbits, and have already been given an idea on how to demonstrate the
> different between a geostationary/synchronous orbit and a LEO but would
> some more ideas.
> If any of you have done some similar outreaches and would like to share
> ideas, please reply on list or off. I would appreciate it much.
> Tom Schuessler, N5HYP
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