LESSON 6: ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES AND THE MODERN PROFESSIONS Creative Commons, Attribution + Noncommercial + ShareAlike (BY-NC-SA)
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The progress of science and technology has contributed significantly to the launching and putting into orbit around the Earth of artificial satellites. The use of satellites is so wide that they are an inextricable part of modern civilization. The launching of a satellite into orbit usually presupposes its transfer by a rocket from the ground, a complicated process, for which many and different professions contribute.
Knowledge acquisition gain
  The general aim of the teaching seminar is the understanding of the way artificial satellites are launched into orbit, and which professions contribute to the whole procedure. Α) INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES Knowledge: The students, after the completion of the lesson, will be able to: describe the process, from the moment of the launch of a satellite up to the moment it is set into orbit. recognize the usefulness of the geostatic satellites. Skills: The students, after the completion of the lesson, will be able to: construct a simple layout with everyday material (tubule-water-effervescent tablet) for the simulation of a rocket carrying the satellite into the desired orbit in space 1. describe the working principle of the satellite television. Attitudes: The students are in place to cooperate in groups. The students acquire a positive attitude towards science.

Workforce in Astronomy

Around 540,000 students study astronomy, physics, chemistry, and earth science in the EU. Besides astronomer or astrophysicist, there are many jobs available for which an astronomy degree is valuable. They include aerospace engineer, climatologist, computer systems analyst, data analyst, engineer, geophysicist, instrument designer, planetarium director, programmer, physicist, research scientist, science writer/journalist, software developer, statistician, teacher or professor, telescope operator. Jobs for scientists and engineers grew by 7% in the past five years. Jobs for technicians in the field grew by 2%. Overall, they account for 7% of all jobs in the EU. As of 2016, around 15 million European science and engineering workers are employed. They work in a variety of sectors, including professional services, utilities, manufacturing, and the public sector. In the next years, jobs for engineers and researchers will increase by 13%, and jobs for science and engineering technicians will increase by 2%.

  90 min
Number of staff
Education Level
12-15 years
15-18 years
Science Discipline
Classroom use
Supervision required
Teacher supervision required
Knowledge prerequisites
Operating system
Cross platform / browser based
Technical requirements
Internet connection during class required
You'll need to buy some materials
Printed materials required
Projector or large screen required
Installation effort
No installation required on typical computer
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