Connecting the Reed Switch Sensor

Mission 1 Tutorial

Activity – General with Sensors (20 mins)


Start with all the parts of the Mission 1 on a table:

 Jumping wires x 2

Reed Switch

Ask the class to name and describe each component as you connect it to the Mission 1 in front of them.


Explain briefly about each of these sensors and what they measure.

Demonstrate a simple use of the sensors already prearranged with a breadboard and jumper wires. 


Follow through with the rest of the lesson using one of the available sensors. The students should be able to connect all the components on a breadboard and connect up to their Mission 1.

Once the hardware is assembled, up the Mission 1 view the data from the relevant sensor field.


Review the output of the sensor on the LCD and discuss the information.


Activity – Investigation (15 mins)

How can we use the Reed Switch to determine what objects are magnetic?

Can we use it on the natural world? How can it be used to help geologists understand rock properties?

What objects around the classroom are magnetic?

How will this sensor work in space?

Mission 1: Satellite Starter (Basic Kit)
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