For teachers of advanced physics who may have an interest in computing, this Astro-Pi activity explores radiation in space and considers how it might affect human health. Humans currently live aboard the International Space Station, where they are exposed to radiation emanating from the Sun and from cosmic ray sources in deep space.
These activities help students learn about the types of ionising radiation, how they are absorbed or transmitted, and what effect they can have on the health of astronauts. Students will develop, too, an understanding of the huge distances travelled by these ionising particles and waves, and how the Earth's magnetic field protects us from their most dangerous effects.
European Space Agency videos and web resources combine with other learning activities from across the ESERO and STEM Learning collections to provide a suitable basis for projects using the Raspberry Pi computer.