Connecting the Tilt 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
Tilt Ball sensor
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, boot 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 Tilt Switch as an attitude sensor/warning?
How can we know which way we are orientated (ie. Pitch, Roll, Yaw)?
What are the limitations of this sensor?
Can we know if we are at 5 degrees, 10 degrees, 20 degrees, 50 degrees of pitch?
How would this work in space?