January 1, 2019.
This summer I had worked with a team of engineers on a life-changing research project that is important to the well-being of living. This project has also afforded me the opportunity to develop a lesson plan around the research that I conducted about satellites, not only will this lesson plan contain research done by myself but by other researchers as well. The first step of my research consisted of me learning about satellites and all their capabilities. Once I had gained new knowledge about satellites I was then tasked to learn about a specific satellite known as Technological and Educational Nanosatellite 7 (TechEdSat7), which was the satellite that the my team was tasked to working on in (JPL) Jet Propulsion Lab. The second step of my research then consisted of me doing “the history of mathematics” to find out what ideas had led to satellites being develop in today’s society. When doing the mathematics research I expanded my knowledge about mathematic techniques, methods, and formulas across many regions in the world like Europe 400-1200AD and Middle East 700-1200AD; furthermore, I learned about famous scientists/philosophers and their ideas like Sir Isaac Newton, Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz to help stretch my research. This preliminary research was important so that I can make a connection between mathematics and satellites so that I can translate such high level knowledge to elementary students. The next phase of my project was to then find out how the “Eratosthenes Measurement (276-195 B.C)” was so instrumental in astronomy for satellites to be so effective. The last stage of my project was helping develop a nanosatellite and creating a lab procedure for future and fellow engineers when making a nanosatellite.
Ali Guarneros Luna
NASA Ames Research Center (ARC)
The 2018 STEM Teacher and Researcher Program and this project have been made possible through support from Chevron (www.chevron.com), the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (www.marinesanctuary.org), the National Science Foundation through the Robert Noyce Program under Grant #1836335 and 1340110, the California State University Office of the Chancellor, and California Polytechnic State University in partnership with NASA Ames Research Center. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders.