Ardusat today announced the release of a technology platform and curriculum to enable K-12 students and teachers to conduct multidisciplinary experiments in space.
Students will be able to use the Ardusat platform to find learning resources and to prepare a range of custom experiments, which could include tracking storms, studying the association of atmosphere and temperature and looking at solar flares. The experiments will be run on small satellites called "cubesats," which transit the planet in low-earth orbit at 4.79 miles per second. They will collect data on sensors that measure everything from light to temperature to even radiation levels.
Any class that purchases the Ardusat classroom package will be able access data from the satellites. Ardusat will also produce curriculum based on its cubesat experiments that will be free for any teacher to use in the classroom.
Ardusat also announced today a partnership with the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), the organization of astronauts who have orbited Earth, to issue the ASE AstroSat Challenge. This offers the opportunity for high-school aged students to propose their own experiment using a real satellite on orbit. The top 15 ideas will be selected by ASE, but all proposers will have an exciting experience learning about the satellite and developing their own experiment.