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Lesson Plan: Telstar, the World's First Communications Satellite
Subject: Science and Technology
Grade Level: High School
Duration: 1 hour
- Know the history and significance of Telstar, the world's first communications satellite.
- Understand the technology behind Telstar and how it revolutionized communication.
- Can explain the impact of Telstar on modern communication systems.
This lesson will be delivered through a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on activities.
- Projector and screen
- Handouts on Telstar history and technology
- Internet access for research
- Model of Telstar satellite
- Communication devices such as cell phones and laptops
- Introduction to Telstar and its history (15 minutes)
- Lecture on the technology behind Telstar and how it works (20 minutes)
- Discussion on the impact of Telstar on modern communication systems (15 minutes)
- Hands-on activity: Students will use communication devices to simulate the transmission of signals through space (20 minutes)
- Wrap-up and review of key concepts (10 minutes)
Assessment will be based on participation in discussion and hands-on activity, as well as a short written reflection on the impact of Telstar on modern communication systems.