Written by: Frances Dellutri, Middle School/Intermediate Level EIS Education Team, June 2016 

Edited by: Bonnie Thurber for ILTC Workshop

EIS Topic: Atmosphere, Centripetal Force, Computers, Mathematics, Micro-gravity, Free-fall, Orbital Mechanics, Physics, Satellites, Spacecraft, Weightlessness 

Grade (Age) Level: Grades 5-8 (Ages 10-13) 

Key Topics Associated with Standards: Collecting, Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Gravitational Interactions; Forces and Motion, Relationship between Energy and Forces 

US Standards:  NGSS:

MS-ESS1-1 http://www.nextgenscience.org/pe/ms-ess1-1-earths-place-universe

MS-PS2-4   http://www.nextgenscience.org/pe/ms-ps2-4-motion-and-stability-forces-and-interactions

MS-PS2-5  http://www.nextgenscience.org/pe/ms-ps2-4-motion-and-stability-forces-and-interactions

With this project, you can track a satellite in real time. There are hundreds of satellite orbiting our planet.  The project "Satellites -


 The NSS Enterprise is an unmanned satellite that will be launching in 2020-2021 and will be carrying 100+ student experiments.  You can compete to send your experiment to space!  The competition is planned to be open in 2018, watch for an update.