AM Radio Ionosphere Station

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Tune in! Young scientists use an AM radio at home to monitor solar output. The long-term project would be ideal in a flipped classroom or as an out-of-class project. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Great project for a flipped classroom
  • Can be a science fair or extended learning project
Classroom Considerations

  • Prior knowledge of the structure of the atmosphere, atomic structures, and the ability to record observations at dusk and dawn is required to complete this activity
  • The project is thirteenth in an 18-part series
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Engaging for all learning levels

  • Most changes will be around sunrise/sunset hours rather than during school hours
  • Data collection table not included
Common Core