Magnitude makes STEM education exciting for teachers and students with a satellite that fits in a soda can: the CanSat. Extend the in-class experience of Science and Mathematics with a turn-key instrumented CanSat, and finish your semester with a high powered rocket launch or high altitude balloon. This is a complete hands-on experience mapped to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards by UC Davis, School of Education. Flight ready hardware, lesson plans, and student labs are included.

The curriculum covers learning about instrument sensors such as accelerometers, barometric, humidity, temperature, magnetometer sensors, and GPS.   Students will learn about mission planning, Data analysis, mission hypothesis, science communication and science writing.


“Put your fingerprints in Space”

Professor Bob Twiggs

Watch Prof. Bob Twiggs spoke about the importance of learning. and the UC Davis School of Education have developed a science curriculum to accompany the CANSAT launch kit appropriate for students in grades 6-12.  The CANSAT curriculum places students in the midst of a scientific exploration mission culminating in a rocket or balloon launch of a scientific payload and the analysis of the resulting data.  Students participate in every step of a scientific exploration mission, including:

  • Determining and communicating mission and scientific objectives
  • Determining and communicating scientific hypotheses
  • Evaluating and choosing scientific instrument payloads
  • Flight testing aspects of the launch and scientific systems
  • Anticipating data recovery and data analysis needs and designing required protocol
  • Launch and recovery of the scientific payload
  • Mission data analysis
  • Communicating scientific results

The Magnitude program is a modular, multi-disciplinary framework that is guided by the Next Generation Science Standards 3-dimensions architecture. This includes Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs), Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs), and Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs) for grades 7 and 8 in this first year cohort, and engagement and support for grades 9-12 under the same NGSS framework in subsequent years as the cohort moves toward matriculation.

The Magnitude framework engages through Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Developing and using models
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

The CANSAT curriculum emphasizes hands-on experimentation and team work activities, and guides the students through applied use of the scientific method.  The interdisciplinary approach to this true-to-life scientific exploration meets a broad assortment of Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

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