Science has many fascinating real world applications, one of which is radio communication in complex search and rescue operations. Sadly, for some reason, these practical applications are often left out of most science education, at least at the early stages.

This summer, during week two of the English Science Camp, we will be looking at applied physics in the context of a simulated Search and Rescue (SAR) operation. We will be looking at the design of rescue beacons, the use of directional antennas and concepts like triangulation.

Depending on group ability we will touch on topics such as:

  • Electromagnetic Waves (Radio)
  • Basic electrical concepts (Circuits, Voltage, Resistance, Power, etc.)
  • Signal propagation and Directional Antennas
  • Triangulation

Teams will design a beacon and task another group with the recovery of it, simulating a helicopter that has had an accident in a remote area.


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