Remote Sensing Beta Test – Engineering Activity 5: Improve a Remote Sensing Device

Remote Sensing - Engineering A5 Front

Activity Timing

5 min. Introduction
45 min. Final Test
5 min. Reflect

55 min. Total

Prep Snapshot

Prep Time: 10 min 

A5 Educator Guide

A5 Engineering Notebook

Data Collection Grids

This snapshot intended for quick reminders and is not a replacement of the guide. Be sure to use the guide for detailed preparation instructions and implementation scripts.


21st Century Skills Connection

Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking

Habits of Mind

  • Make evidence-based decisions 
  • Persist and learn from failure 

Activity Overview

Youth improve their remote sensing devices by making them easier to use, more compact, or better able to gather high-quality data. 

Guiding Question

How can we improve our remote sensing devices? 

Youth Will Do

Consider the results of their testing and use what they have learned to modify their designs. 

Youth Will Know

Engineers reflect upon, alter, and improve their designs. 

Family Connections Story Prompt

Can you tell me a story about something you built that didn't work or work as well as you wanted it to? What did you do to improve it?

Additional Resources

Connecting Across Activities

  • In the previous Activity, youth designed and tested remote sensing devices.
  • In this Activity, they use what they learned to improve their devices.
  • In Engineering Activity 6, they will meet with community members at an Engineering Showcase to have conversations about their designs and remote sensing.