Phase 1A - Detailed Mission Plan
Phase 1 A - Ground Level
In this phase we cover the exercises and learning that take place before taking the sensors off the school grounds or balloon launches.
1) Research to gain a background understanding of the environment at ground level. We have supplied some links here to assist you with your research:
2) Select data to be collected.
We have included a weather article that describes which data should be collected.
3) Collect Data - build a weather sensor
To collect our data we will use sensors. The sensors in your X in a Box class kits are:
Weather Sensor SW01 to give us temperature, air pressure and humidity.
Light Sensor SL01 to give us visible light, UVA and UVB.
If you wish to collect additional data you will need additional sensors. You can find a list of additional sensors here: X in a Box Sensors
The data will be displayed for you on your OLED screen, on the OD01. By connecting your wifi xChip CW01 the data will be transferred via the internet to your NSL Data Dashboard. The code for your weather station is loaded over the air onto the WiFi unit, which means it plays the role of the "brain" of the weather station too.
To complete the assembly of our weather station, add the USB unit IP01. This unit will enable further programming of your sensors and wifi unit if you wish to do so. In this case, we are using the USB as a power source, so you need to connect it to a power socket, computer or battery pack.
Your school kits include two AA battery modules (PB04) , so that you can connect batteries in the place of the USB module(IP01). The AA batteries will be useful when you begin to move out of the classroom to perform experiments. Remember though to stay close to your school so that you don't lose the wifi connection.
For data collection we have developed a selection of experiments you can perform Phase 1A - Experiments.
4) Analyse Data
The data has been transferred to the Data Dashboard where it displays. If you wish to analyse the data further, you can download the data from the dashboard into a spreadsheet for further analysis.
Analysis Techniques - for each experiment we have suggested the analysis techniques that will be useful. To develop a healthy foundation in analysis, you should understand the concepts shared on this site https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_analysis.
Analysis Tools - all the data analysis can be conducted using formulas in a spreadsheet. Your school will be able to give you access to the software chosen for data analysis.
Data verification - we need to make sure that the data that we have collected is accurate and that we can verify its quality. To achieve this, we will use theoretical physics to see how well our data matches the theoretical outcome. Phase 1 data verification.
5) Present Findings
The results that you have collected from each of the experiments can be presented to your class, or a larger audience. We have prepared some tips on presentation skills for you.
All researchers create new knowledge and this always leads to more questions! We would like you to recommend more or alternative experiments to be conducted to understand our environment at ground level. You may also have some tips and tricks that you can share. We have created a forum for Phase 1 A for you to make your recommendations (☒ Forum).
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