Materials List: Shielding from Cosmic Radiation:
Part 1 - Building the Payload

Each group needs:

  • Payload materials and Arduino parts (see page 2 of the Payload Manual Guide for description of hardware)
  • Miscellaneous items: wiring, soldering materials, hot glue, zip ties, steel sheet, galvanized steel sheet, aluminum sheet, balsa wood, space blanket; see page 5 of the Payload Manual Guide
  • Small Styrofoam cooler or another lightweight box to house Arduino payload
  • Poster board
  • Laptop for programming Arduinos

To share with the entire class:

  • Weight and “cost” guidelines (weight is an actual constraint; cost may vary depending on how detailed the economic portion is)
  • Refer to the Space Agency Roles and Responsibilities Sheet and teacher background to guide the Economic Advisor(s) to determine “cost” for materials.
  • At least one copy of the Payload Manual Guide for Engineer(s) and Computer Scientist(s) to refer to for directions and guidance building and programming, as well as for other roles to gain an overall idea of the goal for the project.
  • Markers
  • Pencils
  • Paper

See information in the Procedure on sourcing and budgeting for some of these materials.