Wireless radio communications, such as Wi-Fi, transmit public and private data from one device to another, including cell phones, computers, medical equipment, satellites, space rockets, and air traffic control. Despite their critical role and prevalence, many people are unfamiliar with radio waves, how they are generated and interact with their surroundings, and why they are the basis of modern communication and navigation. Making Waves with Radio has created a series of hands-on activities and professional resources to assist educators in presenting these topics to diverse audiences.
What is Radio?
The Making Waves with Radio Content Training Video is a great resource to learn about the 5 Big Ideas for radio technologies. The video will review questions including: What are radio waves and how do manipulate them to communicate? How did radio communications start, and where has the technology taken us? How can we all take part in the development and use of radio technologies in the future?
There is also a Spanish version of the video available: https://vimeo.com/776686149
Making Waves with Radio resources from the NISE Network
NISE Network museum partners have created several hands-on activities for the Making Waves with Radio project. Each activity includes a training video and materials in Spanish. Two of the activities also use a mobile app to assist learners. This downloadable kit of hands-on activities will help learners explore the phenomena, uses, and societal impact of radio technologies.
(recorded April 2023)
Learn more about the project and the activities
The project is led by BSCS Science Learning in Colorado Springs, CO
Project team members and advisors include:
- Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco, CA
- Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY
- Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC
- Emily Maletz Graphic Design, Portland, OR
- Swift Creek Media, Raleigh, NC
- Yellow Cow Consulting, San Francisco, CA
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 2053160. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Science Foundation.