Satellite Day Presentation
As we spent the last few weeks studying space, we were thrilled to discover that 2 of our parents worked for a satellite imaging company. Both dads work for a local company that sends up satellites to capture images of the earth below, such as what you see on Google Earth. We invited them to come in and share their knowledge with our children. They brought in a large globe of Earth, a moon, a toy satellite, satellite images to demonstrate to the children the concept of satellites. They used the toy rocket launch to send the satellite into orbit. One child worked the controls at “mission control”. Another was the satellite orbiting the Earth, a child held the inflatable moon and other children became the sunlight – using flashlights to shine upon the solar panels on the toy satellite.
They bought along photos from space including our school neighborhood, elephants in Africa at a waterhole, and penguins in the Antarctic – and to the delight of the children you could also see penguin poop. What a concept, that we can see that much from in space. The children also shared their knowledge talking about gravity “The thing that stops you floating” and solar panels “that turn sunlight into electricity”.