Take photos of the earth and stars, measure temperatures, send your own sensor and measure what you like. In order to build and operate an open source satellite, several enterprising scientists and engineers are raising funds through Kickstarter. Once funded, students, teachers, and the general public will be able to run their experiments on the satellite. Yes, a real satellite that your ten year-old can use!
Why is this important? There are really numerous reasons. The best reason is that we can. And that children can participate–this project captures the imagination of the next generation of thinkers and doers. It expands their horizons and opens their minds to new possibilities. Furthermore, it is made with open source hardware, including the Arduino mini microprocessor–the same one your child can purchase from Radio Shack!
What are you waiting for? Check out the Kickstarter campaign and give what you can, even if it is just $1. Then start working with your kids to figure out what kind of experiment you want to run on this open source satellite!