Which Way Is Up?

For teachers of secondary school science, this Astro-Pi physics resource looks at gravity, microgravity and weightlessness. Students learn the fundamentals of gravitational force and potential energy, and apply these ideas to projectiles and orbiting bodies - particularly the International Space Station (ISS).

Using video footage from the European Space Agency (ESA) and activities from the ESERO and National STEM Learning Centre and Network collections, students gain an insight into life in microgravity and how the ISS stays in orbit... with a little help from visitors. The activities would adequately prepare teams for entry to the Astro-Pi Rasperry Pi competition.

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