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High School Curriculum
This lesson reviews the fundamentals of mechanical waves. First, teachers will instruct students in the parts and movement of waves. Then students will work in small groups on several short inquiry activities that will allow them to understand the characteristics of waves.
In this lesson students will learn how electromagnetic waves are created. They will also participate in four learning stations which will help them better understand the creation and properties of these waves. Lastly, they will create a 3-D model of an electromagnetic wave that they will use as a learning tool.
In this lesson students will learn about the categories of electromagnetic waves. They will investigate the uses and dangers of one type of these waves and share their findings with peers. Finally, they will debate how one section of the spectrum should be used.
Investigating Spectrum Users
During this lesson students will see the radio waves that are passing through their areas visualized on the screen in the classroom. Students will work in small groups to identify the broadcasters of these waves. Lastly, students will work independently to write a persuasive essay about how the spectrum should be shared among users.
Aircraft and Newton's Second Law of Motion
This lesson introduces students to how planes are tracked using radio waves. The lesson continues as students collect data on local planes and use this information to calculate the net Force acting on the plane according to Newton’s second law of motion.
Weather Forecasting and Radio Waves
Students will learn about how weather satellites work then they will analyze some of the pictures created from the data. Students will also learn how Doppler radar works. The lesson concludes with students writing a paper about the role of radio waves in weather forecasting.
Satellites and Society
This lesson begins by introducing students to how satellites are involved in world wide communication. Students then read an article about the current status of satellite use and share that information with their peers. Finally, students work with a group of their peers to research one type of satellite and create a presentation or poster which they share with peers.
Students will investigate the local users of the spectrum and learn about additional users which are not in their area. Then students will work in small groups to create a priority list of spectrum users. The lesson will conclude by students comparing and contrasting their priority list to the priorities set by the federal government.