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Educ. Sci. 2014, 4(1), 141-154; doi:10.3390/educsci4010141

Evaluation of the Educational Impact of Participation Time in a Small Spacecraft Development Program

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Department of Computer Science, University of North Dakota, 3950 Campus Road, Stop 9015, Grand Forks, ND 58202, USA
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Department of Space Studies, University of North Dakota, 4149 University Ave., Stop 9008, Grand Forks, ND 58202, USA
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Received: 30 December 2013 / Revised: 17 February 2014 / Accepted: 26 February 2014 / Published: 18 March 2014
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Abstract

The value of the duration of participation in a small spacecraft program has not previously been sufficiently characterized. This work seeks to determine whether most relevant benefits are received by participants quickly (suggesting that participant education would be best achieved by shorter duration exposure to multiple domains) or accrues over time (suggesting that prolonged work on a single project would be most beneficial). The experiences of the student participants in the OpenOrbiter Small Spacecraft Development Initiative at the University of North Dakota are analyzed in an attempt to answer this question. To this end, correlation between the duration of program participation and the level of benefit received (across five categories) is assessed herein. View Full-Text
Keywords: project-based learning; small spacecraft development; CubeSat; duration of participation and learning project-based learning; small spacecraft development; CubeSat; duration of participation and learning
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Straub, J.; Whalen, D. Evaluation of the Educational Impact of Participation Time in a Small Spacecraft Development Program. Educ. Sci. 2014, 4, 141-154.

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