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drop in' visitors

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paper

Explore the future of radio with cards that blend science, imagination, and curiosity, sparking thought about its role in our lives and brainstorming possibilities for future technologies.

Demonstration

You Decide

classroom

15-30 minutes

paper-pencil

Learners draw how a cell phone message is sent to make their initial ideas visible about how radio communications work.

Activity

Draw a Radio Text Message

classroom

30+ minutes

paper-pencil

Learners explore the concepts of coding and decoding messages by creating and decoding digital images using a binary code.

Activity

Sending Digital Images

classroom

5-15 minutes

special tech

Make a papercraft lighthouse like the historic Titanic lighthouse using a cardstock template, copper tape, an LED, and battery. Use lighthouse’s paper switch to send Morse Code messages to each other.

Tinkering / Experimenting

Make a Lighthouse

classroom

15-30 minutes

paper-pencil

Learners explore the concepts of coding and decoding as they create ciphers to share messages and work in teams to decipher them

Activity

Decode the Message

individual

30+ minutes

special tech

Coding a BBC micro:bit, students craft a paper myTalkie from precut templates and a paper potentiometer to program custom messages that are sent by the micro:bit’s Bluetooth radio. Together, students design a tabletop model of a system of radio communications to meet a community problem.

Video

myTalkies

drop in' visitors

15-30 minutes

mobile phone

This exploration activity uses Wi-Fi Detector app to measure the Wi-Fi signal strength emitted from a router transmitting radio waves. Learners use different materials to explore wave interference placed in between the Wi-Fi router and the smartphone running the Wi-Fi Detector app.

Mobile App

Wi-Fi Detective

individual

5-15 minutes

mobile phone

Sound Detector is a mobile application that captures and displays the loudness of sound recorded by a device.

Mobile App

Sound Detector App

tablet

Go on a storybook adventure in Puerto Rico with Gabby and Raul as they solve challenges and prepare their community’s radio communications for a hurricane.

Mobile App

Whispers in the Wind

classroom

15-30 minutes

microbit

How can our wireless devices allow us to communicate with people far away? Learners explore the relationship between radio signals and distance using micro:bit.

Game

Signal Strength Detectives

classroom

15-30 minutes

craft supplies

Learners work together to build a reliable communication network using paper cups and string. Whisper secret messages to each other to test what affects the quality of communication.

Game

Cup Phone Game

individual

30+ minutes

special tech

Get ready to build your own light radio communication system using off-the-shelf parts.

Craft

Light radio

computer

A radio wave carrying the digital information of an emoji is coming your way. Now YOU are the computer and must decode the digitally modulated carrier signal correctly. See how you perform as a computer!

Game

Operation Modulation

small groups

30+ minutes

special tech

Make a DIY paper potentiometer connected to a micro:bit to send different messages from rotating a pointer.

Craft

DIY Potentiometer

drop in' visitors

5-15 minutes

mutiple parts

How does the radio signal sent from a station’s transmitter miles away get to your device? Which materials work best at blocking the radio waves? Learners explore interference and how radio waves can be blocked using different containers and wrapping materials.

Demonstration

Radio Silence

classroom

5-15 minutes

paper-pencil

Learners jot down something they have heard about radio, then share it with others to elicit initial ideas for later discussion.

Activity

Radio Rumors

individual

5-15 minutes

mobile phone

WiFi Detector is a mobile application that reads and displays the signal strength of a WiFi connection. WiFi Detector is used in conjunction with hands-on activities that explore the radio science behind WiFi signals.

Tinkering / Experimenting

Wi-Fi Detector App

computer

You are the computer and must check for errors in the incoming radio transmissions. Race against time to see how many correct messages you can detect.

Game

Parity Blitz

classroom

15-30 minutes

computer, tablet

Learners watch a video about the Radio Act of 1912, record problems with Titatnic's communication system, then brainstorm possible solutions that could prevent future miscommunications.

Activity

Titanic Problems & Solutions

drop in' visitors

5-15 minutes

mutiple parts

Learners explore the differences between radio and sound waves by comparing the sound of a key remote and cell phone sounds inside a closed container with air and under a vacuum.

Game

Messages from Space

individual

5-15 minutes

computer

Create your own interstellar message using a grid of blocks, then turn this message into a sound that is sent off into space.

Game

Arecibo Message

pairs

5-15 minutes

paper

Young learners use challenge cards to find examples of radio technologies in Wavetown, colorful large print illustration of radio devices present in our everyday lives. Numbers and a legend on the illustration provide facilitation support.

Activity

iSpy Radio

classroom

15-30 minutes

computer, special tech

Learn about radio concept and communications using this collection of activities designed using the Teknikio Bluebird

Coding

Teknikio Bluebird

classroom

15-30 minutes

paper

Learners unpack how a message is transmitted from one person to another, then build a model of a communication system for sound and for radio using cardboard cutouts to represent components like transmitter, receiver, radio wave, message, vocal cords, speaker and listener.

Activity

Deconstruct a communication system

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