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This unit explores how robot submarines are used to explore the oceans and how they use different systems including the use of air pressure to go underwater, in their work.  Children will investigate the relationship between displacement of water using air; and how this can be used to control and manoeuvre a submarine craft from the surface to floor of the ocean.

Children will be able to design and make their own submersible and find out more about the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) that will be used on the RRS Sir David Attenborough.


Published by ESERO-UK

Surviving Space Temperatures

When the James Webb Space Telescope is deployed it will have one side which continually faces the Sun and is warmed by the Sun, and one side which does not face the sun. The cold side of JWST houses scientific instruments which work better if they are at a low temperature, so a sunshield is used to keep the equipment as cool as possible. This activity allows students to explore how heat reflecting materials are used to achieve this, by reflecting the sun’s rays and preventing the warming of the instruments. They are set a challenge of designing a sunshield that will give at least a 30 degree Celsius drop in temperature over a distance of 6cm. 

Flight Test

This activity requires students to design and construct a payload fairing and vibration rig to test a protection system for a satellite (an egg).  Students are given limited materials (this can be differentiated accordingly) to produce their model, the success of the model is initially measured by the egg not being broken under vibration testing, and then assessed on the lightest overall protection system.

Designing the Mirrror

In this activity, students will use memory metal wire to create a model of a deployable structure.  The James Webb Space Telescope has several structures that must be deployed in space, including parts of the primary mirror.  Students must create and evaluate a design to enable the primary mirror to fold inside the payload fairing of the spacecraft.  

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