The 3 day Association for Science Education Conference opened in Liverpool on Thursday, January 5.
AMSAT-UK have a stand at the conference to show the potential of the FUNcube satellite as a teaching tool.
The FUNcube project aims to boost young people’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
When FUNcube-1 is launched this Autumn school students will be able to receive the satellite data stream which contains telemetry — things like battery voltages and solar panel currents — and from this they’ll be able to deduce things like the spin rate of the satellite, and what happens to temperatures when it goes into or out of eclipse.
Additionally students will be able to send, via a moderator, ‘Fitter’ (as in ‘FUNcube Twitter’) messages of 200 characters to the satellite. FUNcube-1 will then transmit them down to Earth on its 1200 bps BPSK beacon.
The event takes place at the University of Liverpool from January 5-7. Admission to the exhibition is free, details at http://www.ase.org.uk/