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Students from the Satellites project
Subject Mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geography
Level Upper secondary
Language English
Type Project/team work

‘Satellites’ is a cross-curricular project for students in the last year of secondary school. This project has been developed by several teachers from the science department of our school: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and geography. A lot of information was found on: www.esa.int ; www.eduspace.esa.int and telsat.belspo.be/beo/classroom.htm.

Students formed groups of four and chose one or more of the thematic approaches or workshops. It takes 6 to 8 hours of group-work for one theme. For each thematic approach, they have to do a theoretical part (research on the theme) and a practical part (calculations, interpretations).

The themes from which students can choose are:

  • Navigation satellites and GPS
  • Earth observation for monitoring and implementing marine policies
  • Weather satellites and research on cyclones
  • Case study on Rodania (a computer program on Amazon deforestation)
  • Biological applications (photosynthesis, vegetation and ozone)
  • Physical applications (launching, velocity and orbits)
  • Chemical applications (combustibles and space)
To organise this project at school there are two possibilities:
  1. Each theme group has to do one workshop (during 6 or 8 lessons, in units of two hours during the courses of participating teachers). The students are coached in their choice, depending on their section (‘Latin-mathematics’, ‘Latin-science’, ...).
  2. Each theme group chooses one or more workshops within special seminar hours.
The students are evaluated on three things: evaluation of the theoretical part, evaluation of the practical part and evaluation of the attitudes in the group.  
Contact details
NameMarie-Josée Van Tichelt
Last update: 17 July 2007

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