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SXSWedu 2014

Students make real space experiments with Arduino.

DIY technologies like 3d printers and Arduino’s are incredibly useful tools to teach STEM related subjects in a practical and meaningful way. The possibilities of them seem limitless.

The ArduSat project even extends their use to space. Through crowdfunding the ArduSat team has created a satellite based on Arduino. It has several sensors connected to it like a spectrometer, radiation detector and a camera. You can upload your program to the satellite, it’ll run your code and send you back the results.

The Kennisnet Foundation is supporting three high schools in the Netherlands to make experiments for ArduSat. Students are making them with the support of their teachers and Arduino experts. By the time SXSWedu 2014 starts, the experiments should hopefully have taken place. In this session we’d like to share the experiments that students have conducted, what the students and teachers have learned from making those experiments and the lessons we have learned from doing this project.

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  1. What kind of experiments are possible to do with the sensors that are in the satellite?
  2. What should you keep in mind as a teacher if you'd want to make space experiments with your own students?
  3. What can be learned from making these experiments, and how can they be integrated with your curriculum?


  • Wietse van Bruggen, Project Manager, Kennisnet


Wietse van Bruggen, Project Manager, Kennisnet

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Future15
  • Track: DIY, Maker & Hacker
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Intermediate
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