Monday, May 6, 2013

Planetary Society for engineering students

There are many aspects of space exploration that are of interest to engineering students in many different engineering fields. This website has a wide variety of material related to space technology, funding, photos, scientists, etc.

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One part of the website is Planetary Radio, which is useful for both the classroom and for students to listen to privately. There is a lot of supplementary material for each program's topic. The program is described on the website this way:

"Each week, Planetary Radio visits with a scientist, engineer, project manager, astronaut, advocate or writer who provides a unique and exciting perspective on the exploration of our solar system and bezond. We also showcase regular features that raise your I.Q. while they put a smile on your face."

These features include contest questions, which students could participate in. Answers are posted a week later.

Planetary Radio:

One example of a radio program that my students enjoyed was The Basics of Interplanetary Flight. This was not only an interesting topic, but it provided material for technical process descriptions (relevant to many different engineering fields).

In addition to the radio programs, there are podcasts, videos, blogs, and a section of NASA photos.

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