Magazine article Technology and Children

Communicating in Space. (Activity)

Magazine article Technology and Children

Communicating in Space. (Activity)

Article excerpt


All living things communicate in some way. Forms of communication range from words and sounds to body gestures and writings to lights and signals. In order for a communication system to work, both parties must understand the code. Two people must speak and understand a language to be able to talk with one another, or devise some other means of communicating. Imagine that you're on the moon and need to communicate with your partner--but you have your space suits on, and your two-way radios don't work.

Design Problem

Without using spoken words or sounds, be able to communicate messages to your partner.


* Markers or colored pencils

* Construction paper

* Colored acetate

* Flashlights

* Scissors

* Other materials and tools to meet student design needs


1. The class should agree on a quantity and variety of messages to be conveyed between members of a group. Explain the difference between one-way messages and two-way (full duplex) communication. …

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