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AGI Space Simulations Laboratory Mission Descriptions

Through a generous grant from Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), 31 computers and $3 million of professional-grade Systems Tool Kit (STK) software are housed in our AGI Space Simulations Laboratory. When AGI’s cutting edge simulation software is teamed with Space Foundation educators, you get a one-of-a-kind educational experience allowing students to create space simulations that connect application and theory with the real world of aerospace.

Mission Alpha Courses - fully utilize the AGI Space Simulations Laboratory, including the use of the STK software. Minimum 15 students; $10.00 per student; 1 free adult for every 15 students; additional adults $5.00 each; transportation not included; school district bus drivers admitted free with school ID.

Mission Bravo Courses - utilize the AGI Space Simulations Laboratory, but without using STK software. Minimum 15 students; $10.00 per student; 1 free adult for every 15 students; additional adults $5.00 each; transportation not included; school district bus drivers admitted free with school ID.

 

Mission Alpha: Satellite Orbits

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards:
K-12, Science and Technology
Appropriate for: 
Grades 6-12
Course Description: 
Satellites are an integral part of today’s society. We depend on them every day from getting weather forecasts, to directions from GPS and for using our credit cards. Most people, however, know very little about how satellites work, or even where they are positioned in space to provide us that valuable data. This STK scenario teaches the basic principles of an orbiting object, and why specific orbits are chosen for a mission. Participants will use professional aerospace software to see firsthand, current satellites in their respective orbits.

 

Mission Alpha: Spotting Satellites at Night

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
K-12, Science and Technology
Appropriate for: 
Grades 6-12
Course Description: 
Have you ever seen a “star” moving quickly across the night sky and wondered what it was? Chances are, it was a satellite! In this lesson, participants will be able to use the powerful simulation software STK to predict where and when they will see satellites from their back yard. Spotting a satellite at night is a fun and easy thing to do with the predicting power of STK.

 

Mission Alpha: GPM Constellation

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
K-12, Science and Technology
Appropriate for:
Grades 4-12
Course Description:
Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) is an international satellite mission that will set a new standard for precipitation measurements from space, providing the next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours. The GPM mission data will advance our understanding of the water and energy cycles and extend the use of precipitation data to directly benefit society. This network of satellites, called a constellation, will measure how much precipitation is occurring around the world at any one time. STK will be used to model the GPM constellation and demonstrate worldwide coverage of a satellite constellation.

 

Mission Alpha: GPS

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
K-12, Science and Technology
Appropriate for:
Grades 6-12
Course Description:
Celebrating over 20 years of service, the Global Positioning System (GPS) has become an integral part of commerce, navigation and human safety. To better understand how it works, participants will use STK to model the GPS constellation and predict which satellites are responsible for covering their current location. Then, GPS units will be used to check the accuracy of this information.

 

 

Mission Alpha: Space Junk

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
K-12, Science and Technology
Appropriate for:
Grades 6-12
Course Description:
Space is becoming an increasingly polluted place. There are currently over 22,000 pieces of orbiting material larger than a human hand circling our Earth. With the growing awareness of space debris in the movie Gravity, this has become a hot topic which will keep politicians and the scientific community busy for decades on devising a resolution to this problem. This lesson addresses the problem of space junk and inspires students to come up with a solution for worldwide safety.

 

Mission Bravo: Absolute Location on Mars

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
K-12, Science and Technology
Appropriate for:
Grades 6-8
Course Description:
Learning about latitude and longitude is an important skill whether it’s reading a map or answering questions on a state test. What better way than to do it on Mars! In this activity, students will use a detailed map of Mars to understand the idea of absolute location and the need to create a detailed process for describing locations on Mars. Then, students will apply their skills in mapping a simulated terrain in our Mars Robotics Laboratory.

 

Mission Bravo: The Impacts of Space Spin-offs

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
K-12, Science and Technology
Appropriate for:
Grades 9-12
Course Description:
Space impacts our daily lives whether we realize it or not. The value of ongoing space programs is not always in the knowledge gained about space, but in the technologies that arise from performing the missions themselves. This activity will look at current technology coming directly from space research and look at ongoing missions aboard the ISS that could be found in tomorrow’s products.

 

Mission Bravo: Perimeter and Area Using Google Earth

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
3-6, Math and Technology
Appropriate for:
Grades 3-6
Course Description:
Calculating perimeter and area are common skills that students are expected to know. What better way of learning it than by using satellites and computer programs! In this lesson, students will use Google Earth to find the perimeter and area of various locations around the world. They will see the importance of learning these vital skills, and they will be excited to demonstrate them in the classroom.

 

Mission Bravo: Creating Podcasts and Vodcasts

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
3-12, Technology
Appropriate for:
Grades 3-12
Course Description:
With the advent of the iPod, people can easily download and listen to a short recording of information, or podcast. This information can be educational, instructive or purely entertaining. How these digital recordings, called podcasts, are made can be quick and easy. This learning opportunity gives participants the tools and experience needed to create a podcast of their own that they will be able to transfer to your classroom for creating reports or recording lab results. Participants and teachers will go away inspired at how easy and valuable it can be to create personal podcasts and vodcasts.

 

Mission Bravo: Wind Patterns Around the World

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
6-12, Science and Technology
Appropriate for:
Grades 6-12
Course Description:
We have wind in Colorado. That is an understatement. This lesson introduces the participants to the fascinating fundamentals of weather prediction. With an interactive computer simulation, participants will learn how to forecast weather events not only for Colorado; but around the world. Using online simulation programs and the skills learned in this session participants can match their forecasting prowess with meteorologists seen on TV.

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