The Reading / Listening - Wooden Satellites - Level 4

Technology is getting back to nature with a satellite that is mostly made from wood. It is just 10cm cubed in size. The Woodsat is the idea of Jari Makinen, co-founder of Arctic Astronautics. Mr Makinen tested his device in the stratosphere. A weather balloon took it to an altitude of 30km above Earth. The balloon exploded and Woodsat safely came back to Earth. All communications equipment survived the harsh conditions as it came back.

Makinen plans to launch Woodsat into space this year. He started a company to produce wooden copies of orbit-ready satellites. He explained: "I've always enjoyed making model planes...Having worked in the space education field, this got me wondering why we don't fly any wooden materials into space." He thought of the idea for Woodsat in 2017 and "the project just snowballed". He found a commercial backer to help him realise his dream.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Wooden Satellites - Level 5 or  Wooden Satellites - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/first-wooden-satellite-in-the-world-aims-to-prove-plywood-can-survive-space/
  • https://scitechdaily.com/worlds-first-wooden-satellite-set-to-launch-can-plywood-survive-in-space/
  • https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/news/woodworking-industry-news/worlds-first-wooden-satellite-passes-test-flight
  • https://www.wisaplywood.com/wisaWoodsat/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Technology is getting
  2. a satellite that is mostly made
  3. It is just 10cm
  4. Mr Makinen tested his device
  5. A weather balloon took it to an
  6. The balloon
  7. All communications
  8. survived the harsh
  1. exploded
  2. cubed in size
  3. altitude of 30km
  4. conditions
  5. back to nature
  6. equipment
  7. from wood
  8. in the stratosphere

Paragraph 2

  1. Makinen plans to launch
  2. produce wooden
  3. orbit-
  4. I've always enjoyed making
  5. this got me
  6. the project just
  7. He found a commercial
  8. help him realise
  1. snowballed
  2. ready satellites
  3. his dream
  4. wondering why
  5. backer
  6. model planes
  7. Woodsat into space
  8. copies

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Technology is getting (1) ___________________ with a satellite that is mostly made from wood. It is just 10cm (2) ___________________. The Woodsat is (3) ___________________ Jari Makinen, co-founder of Arctic Astronautics. Mr Makinen (4) ___________________ in the stratosphere. A weather balloon took it (5) ___________________ of 30km above Earth. The balloon exploded and Woodsat safely came back to Earth. All communications equipment survived (6) ___________________ as it came back.

Makinen (7) ___________________ Woodsat into space this year. He started a company to produce wooden (8) ___________________-ready satellites. He explained: "I've (9) ___________________ model planes...Having worked in the (10) ___________________, this got me wondering why we don't fly any wooden materials into space." He thought of the idea for Woodsat in 2017 and "the (11) ___________________". He found a commercial backer to help him (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Technologyisgettingbacktonaturewithasatellitethatismostlymadefr
omwood.Itisjust10cmcubedinsize.TheWoodsatistheideaofJariMakin
en,co-founderofArcticAstronautics.MrMakinentestedhisdeviceinth
estratosphere.Aweatherballoontookittoanaltitudeof30kmaboveEart
h.TheballoonexplodedandWoodsatsafelycamebacktoEarth.Allcom
municationsequipmentsurvivedtheharshconditionsasitcameback.M
akinenplanstolaunchWoodsatintospacethisyear.Hestartedacompan
ytoproducewoodencopiesoforbit-readysatellites.Heexplained:"I've
alwaysenjoyedmakingmodelplanes...Havingworkedinthespaceeduc
ationfield,thisgotmewonderingwhywedon'tflyanywoodenmaterialsi
ntospace."HethoughtoftheideaforWoodsatin2017and"theprojectjus
tsnowballed".Hefoundacommercialbackertohelphimrealisehisdrea
m.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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