The Reading / Listening - Wooden Satellites - Level 6

Cutting-edge technology is getting back to nature. A company has tested a new satellite that is predominantly made from plywood. The satellite is called Woodsat. It is the brainchild of engineer Jari Makinen, co-founder of a Finnish company called Arctic Astronautics. It is just 10cm cubed in size. He has already successfully tested his DIY, but high-tech, device in the stratosphere. He attached it to a weather balloon, which took it to an altitude of 30km above Earth - just before the endless expanse of space itself. The balloon exploded (as planned) and Woodsat safely parachuted back to Earth. Mr Makinen happily reported that all communications equipment survived the harsh conditions.

Makinen plans to launch Woodsat into space later this year. He said it was the realisation of a dream. He started a company to produce fully functional wooden replicas of orbit-ready miniature satellites called CubeSats. These are used for space research, education and hobby purposes. Makinen explained: "I've always enjoyed making model planes that involve a lot of wooden parts. Having worked in the space education field, this got me wondering why we don't fly any wooden materials into space." He came up with the idea for Woodsat in 2017 and "the project just snowballed". He said: "We found commercial backing, and secured a berth on an Electron launcher from Rocket Lab in New Zealand."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Wooden Satellites - Level 4  or  Wooden Satellites - Level 5

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/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Warm-ups

1. SATELLITES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about satellites. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       nature / satellite / plywood / brainchild / engineer / device / stratosphere / equipment
       plans / dream / replica / research / hobby / model planes / education / idea / space
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SPACE: Students A strongly believe we need to spend a lot more money on exploring space; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. WOOD: What are the pros and cons of these things being made from wood? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Pros

Cons

Cars

 

 

Smartphones

 

 

Houses

 

 

Shoes

 

 

Pens

 

 

Jewellery

 

 

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5. NATURE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "nature". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. CUTTING EDGE: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Satellites
  • Smart watches
  • Fingerprint log-in
  • Smart fridges
  • Driverless cars
  • Health apps
  • Zoom
  • Cashless stores

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. cutting edge a. Increased by an amount to form a 3D (three-dimensional) shape.
      2. predominantly b. The layer of the earth's atmosphere extending to about 50 km above the earth's surface.
      3. brainchild c. The latest or most advanced stage in the development of something.
      4. cubed d. Of a climate or conditions that are difficult to survive in.
      5. stratosphere e. Mainly; for the most part.
      6. expanse f. An idea or invention which is considered to be a particular person's creation.
      7. harsh g. An area of something.

    Paragraph 2

      8. realisation h. A place on a ship, train, plane or other means of transport.
      9. replica i. The fulfillment or achievement of something desired or hoped for.
      10. miniature j. An exact copy or model of something, especially one on a smaller scale.
      11. involve k. Increase quickly in size, intensity, or importance.
      12. snowball l. Include something as a necessary part or result.
      13. secured m. Of a much smaller size than normal; very small.
      14. berth n. Succeeded in getting something, especially with difficulty.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article says nature is becoming cutting edge.     T / F
  2. A new satellite is made entirely from wood.     T / F
  3. The satellite is one metre in width, depth and length.     T / F
  4. The balloon that took the satellite to the stratosphere exploded.     T / F
  5. The satellite's creator will launch it into space for the first time in 2023.   T / F
  6. The satellite's creator used to make model airplanes.     T / F
  7. The satellite's creator got the idea for the satellite from a snowball.     T / F
  8. The creator found a place on a rocket launcher in New Zealand.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. cutting edge
  2. tested
  3. brainchild
  4. altitude
  5. exploded
  6. realisation
  7. replicas
  8. wondering
  9. snowballed
  10. berth
  1. escalated
  2. height
  3. blew up
  4. copies
  5. trialled
  6. pondering
  7. advanced
  8. place
  9. idea
  10. fulfillment

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Cutting-edge technology is getting
  2. a new satellite that is predominantly
  3. an altitude of
  4. safely parachuted
  5. all communications equipment survived
  6. He said it was the realisation
  7. produce fully functional
  8. this got me wondering
  9. the project just
  10. We found commercial
  1. snowballed
  2. the harsh conditions
  3. of a dream
  4. made from plywood
  5. backing
  6. why
  7. back to nature
  8. wooden replicas
  9. back to Earth
  10. 30km above Earth

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
predominantly
cubed
parachuted
brainchild
expanse
harsh
nature
stratosphere

Cutting-edge technology is getting back to (1) _____________________. A company has tested a new satellite that is (2) _____________________ made from plywood. The satellite is called Woodsat. It is the (3) _____________________ of engineer Jari Makinen, co-founder of a Finnish company called Arctic Astronautics. It is just 10cm (4) _____________________ in size. He has already successfully tested his DIY, but high-tech, device in the (5) _____________________. He attached it to a weather balloon, which took it to an altitude of 30km above Earth - just before the endless (6) _____________________ of space itself. The balloon exploded (as planned) and Woodsat safely (7) _____________________ back to Earth. Mr Makinen happily reported that all communications equipment survived the (8) _____________________ conditions.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
miniature
berth
involve
realisation
purposes
snowballed
replicas
wondering

Makinen plans to launch Woodsat into space later this year. He said it was the (9) _____________________ of a dream. He started a company to produce fully functional wooden (10) _____________________ of orbit-ready (11) _____________________ satellites called CubeSats. These are used for space research, education and hobby (12) _____________________. Makinen explained: "I've always enjoyed making model planes that (13) _____________________ a lot of wooden parts. Having worked in the space education field, this got me (14) _____________________ why we don't fly any wooden materials into space." He came up with the idea for Woodsat in 2017 and "the project just (15) _____________________". He said: "We found commercial backing, and secured a (16) _____________________ on an Electron launcher from Rocket Lab in New Zealand."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Cutting-edge technology is getting ______
     a.  back to nurture
     b.  back to nature
     c.  back to natural
     d.  back to neigh chair
2)  A company has tested a new satellite that is predominantly ______
     a.  made from fly wood
     b.  made from plywood
     c.  made from play wood
     d.  made from pry wood
3)  He has already successfully tested his DIY, but high-tech, device ______
     a.  in this atmosphere
     b.  in these rats fear
     c.  in that's rat of sphere
     d.  in the stratosphere
4)  The balloon exploded (as planned) and Woodsat ______
     a.  safely parachute it
     b.  safety parachutes
     c.  safely parachuted
     d.  safety parachuted
5)  Makinen happily reported that all communications equipment survived ______
     a.  the hushed conditions
     b.  the harsh conditions
     c.  the hearts conditions
     d.  the arch conditions

6)  He started a company to produce fully functional ______
     a.  wooden replicas
     b.  wooden replicates
     c.  wooden reply case
     d.  wooden replicate
7)  These are used for space research, education ______
     a.  and hobby porpoises
     b.  and hobby purr poses
     c.  and hobby purpose is
     d.  and hobby purposes
8)  I've always enjoyed making model planes that involve a lot ______
     a.  of wood den parts
     b.  of wooded parts
     c.  of wooden parts
     d.  of woo den parts
9)  He came up with the idea for Woodsat in 2017 and the ______
     a.  project just now balled
     b.  project adjust no balled
     c.  project just ennobled
     d.  project just snowballed
10)  We found commercial backing, and ______
     a.  secured a birth
     b.  secured a berth
     c.  secured a bath
     d.  secured dab Earth

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Cutting-edge technology is getting (1) ____________________. A company has tested a new satellite that (2) ____________________ from plywood. The satellite is called Woodsat. It is the (3) ____________________ Jari Makinen, co-founder of a Finnish company called Arctic Astronautics. It is just 10cm (4) ____________________. He has already successfully tested his DIY, but high-tech, device in the stratosphere. He attached it to a weather balloon, which took it to (5) ____________________ 30km above Earth - just before the endless expanse of space itself. The balloon exploded (as planned) and Woodsat safely parachuted back to Earth. Mr Makinen happily reported that all communications equipment survived (6) ____________________.

Makinen plans to launch Woodsat into space later this year. He said it was (7) ____________________ a dream. He started a company to produce fully functional (8) ____________________ orbit-ready miniature satellites called CubeSats. These are used for space research, education and hobby purposes. Makinen explained: "I've always enjoyed making model planes that (9) ____________________ of wooden parts. Having worked in the (10) ____________________, this got me wondering why we don't fly any wooden materials into space." He came up with the idea for Woodsat in 2017 and "the (11) ____________________". He said: "We found commercial backing, and (12) ____________________ on an Electron launcher from Rocket Lab in New Zealand."

Comprehension questions

  1. What does the article say cutting-edge technology is getting back to?
  2. What kind of wood is the satellite made from?
  3. How big is the satellite?
  4. How high up did the satellite go?
  5. What happened to the balloon that the satellite was attached to?
  6. When does the engineer hope to launch the satellite into space?
  7. What are CubeSats used for besides education and hobbies?
  8. What did the engineer used to enjoy making?
  9. When did the engineer come up with the idea for Woodsat?
  10. Where has the engineer secured a berth for launching his satellite?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What does the article say cutting-edge technology is getting back to?
a) basics
b) nature
c) brass tacks
d) the beginning of time
2)  What kind of wood is the satellite made from?
a) mahogany
b) pine
c) cedar
d) plywood
3) How big is the satellite?
a) 10cm cubed
b) huge
c) 10 metres across
d) just one metre
4) How high up did the satellite go?
a) 15km
b) 20km
c) 30km
d) 8km
5) What happened to the balloon that the satellite was attached to?
a) it vaporised
b) it exploded
c) it burnt up upon re-entry
d) it disappeared into space

6) When does the engineer hope to launch the satellite into space?
a) later this year
b) very soon
c) in 2023
d) when it's finished
7) What are CubeSats used for besides education and hobbies?
a) GPS
b) trigonometry
c) space research
d) hobbyists
8) What did the engineer used to enjoy making?
a) model planes
b) cakes
c) paper planes
d) space rockets
9) When did the engineer come up with the idea for Woodsat?
a) 2017
b) 2016
c) 2018
d) 2020
10) Where has the engineer secured a berth for launching his satellite?
a) Florida
b) Patagonia
c) Siberia
d) New Zealand

Role play

Role  A – Satellites
You think satellites are the best examples of cutting-edge technology. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): smart fridges, driverless cars or Zoom.

Role  B – Smart Fridges
You think smart fridges are the best examples of cutting-edge technology. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): satellites, driverless cars or Zoom.

Role  C – Driverless Cars
You think driverless cars are the best examples of cutting-edge technology. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): smart fridges, satellites or Zoom.

Role  D – Zoom
You think Zoom is the best example of cutting-edge technology. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): smart fridges, driverless cars or satellites.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'wood'

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  • and 'satellite'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • nature
    • plywood
    • cubed
    • altitude
    • back
    • harsh
    • launch
    • fully
    • hobby
    • involve
    • idea
    • commercial

    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 - Wooden Satellites

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'wood'?
    3. What do you think of cutting-edge technology?
    4. What do you know about satellites?
    5. What do you think of wooden satellites?
    6. What do you know about the stratosphere?
    7. What could the wooden satellite be used for?
    8. How might wood change space technology?
    9. Should more, everyday things be made from wood?
    10. Was the world better before satellites and going into space?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'satellite'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What are your dreams?
    5. What do we need to research about space?
    6. What things do you enjoy making?
    7. Would you like to go into space?
    8. Should we protect trees from being used for satellites?
    9. What will technology look like in 100 years from now?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the designer?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________

    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Cutting-edge technology is getting back to (1) ____. A company has tested a new satellite that is predominantly made from plywood. The satellite is called Woodsat. It is the (2) ____ of engineer Jari Makinen, co-founder of a Finnish company called Arctic Astronautics. It is just 10cm (3) ____ in size. He has already successfully tested his DIY, but high-tech, device in the stratosphere. He attached it to a weather balloon, which took it to an (4) ____ of 30km above Earth - just before the endless (5) ____ of space itself. The balloon exploded (as planned) and Woodsat safely parachuted back to Earth. Mr Makinen happily reported that all communications equipment survived the (6) ____ conditions.

    Makinen plans to launch Woodsat into space later this year. He said it was the realisation (7) ____ a dream. He started a company to produce fully functional wooden replicas of orbit-(8) ____ miniature satellites called CubeSats. These are used for space research, education and hobby purposes. Makinen explained: "I've always enjoyed making model planes (9) ____ involve a lot of wooden parts. Having worked in the space education field, this got me wondering why we don't fly any wooden materials into space." He came (10) ____ with the idea for Woodsat in 2017 and "the project just (11) ____". He said: "We found commercial backing, and secured a (12) ____ on an Electron launcher from Rocket Lab in New Zealand."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     maturity     (b)     nurture     (c)     nature     (d)     mature    
    2. (a)     brainchild     (b)     lovechild     (c)     moonchild     (d)     grandchild    
    3. (a)     cubed     (b)     cabled     (c)     camped     (d)     combed    
    4. (a)     altitude     (b)     amplitude     (c)     attitude     (d)     astute    
    5. (a)     rollout     (b)     envision     (c)     zone     (d)     expanse    
    6. (a)     border     (b)     edgy     (c)     airy     (d)     harsh    
    7. (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     on     (d)     in    
    8. (a)     steady     (b)     reality     (c)     really     (d)     ready    
    9. (a)     that     (b)     what     (c)     so     (d)     who    
    10. (a)     over     (b)     up     (c)     down     (d)     across    
    11. (a)     blizzard     (b)     snowballed     (c)     froze     (d)     iced    
    12. (a)     berth     (b)     planet     (c)     gravity     (d)     orbit

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. It is just 10cm cdebu in size
    2. in the reattporsehs
    3. the endless spaeexn of space
    4. safely tarduacpeh back to Earth
    5. all communications mntqeeipu
    6. survived the hhsra conditions

    Paragraph 2

    1. the etrlanasoii of a dream
    2. fully functional wooden eicarlps
    3. orbit-ready uanmtriie satellites
    4. planes that noilevv a lot of wooden parts
    5. macocrlemi backing
    6. secured a ebhrt

    Put the text back together

    (...)  balloon, which took it to an altitude of 30km above Earth - just before the endless
    (...)  ready miniature satellites called CubeSats. These are used for space research, education and hobby
    (...)  back to Earth. Mr Makinen happily reported that all communications equipment survived the harsh conditions.
    (...)  expanse of space itself. The balloon exploded (as planned) and Woodsat safely parachuted
    (...)  purposes. Makinen explained: "I've always enjoyed making model planes that involve a lot of wooden
    (...)  backing, and secured a berth on an Electron launcher from Rocket Lab in New Zealand."
    (...)  made from plywood. The satellite is called Woodsat. It is the brainchild of engineer Jari Makinen, co-
    (...)  size. He has already successfully tested his DIY, but high-tech, device in the stratosphere. He attached it to a weather
    (...)  up with the idea for Woodsat in 2017 and "the project just snowballed". He said: "We found commercial
    1  ) Cutting-edge technology is getting back to nature. A company has tested a new satellite that is predominantly
    (...)  founder of a Finnish company called Arctic Astronautics. It is just 10cm cubed in
    (...)  dream. He started a company to produce fully functional wooden replicas of orbit-
    (...)  parts. Having worked in the space education field, this got me wondering why we don't fly any wooden materials into space." He came
    (...)  Makinen plans to launch Woodsat into space later this year. He said it was the realisation of a

    Put the words in the right order

    1. is   to   nature   .   technology   getting   back   Cutting-edge
    2. made   from   that   plywood   .   is   satellite   predominantly   A
    3. in   cubed   is   It   size   .   10cm   just
    4. before   of   expanse   the   space   endless   itself   .   Just
    5. harsh   communications   All   conditions   .   survived   equipment   the
    6. space   launch   Makinen   Woodsat   into   to   plans   later   .
    7. replicas   .   A   wooden   fully   functional   to   produce   company
    8. wooden   a   involve   parts   .   of   that   Planes   lot
    9. space   .   We   any   materials   don't   fly   wooden   into
    10. up   came   the   with   He   Woodsat   .   for   idea

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Cutting-edge technology is getting back to nurture / nature. A company has tested a new satellite that is preeminently / predominantly made from plywood. The satellite is called Woodsat. It is the brainchild / brainy of engineer Jari Makinen, co-founder of a finish / Finnish company called Arctic Astronautics. It is just 10cm cubed / coped in size. He has already successfully tested his DIY, but high-tech, device on / in the stratosphere. He attached it to a weather balloon, which took it to an attitude / altitude of 30km above Earth - just before the endless expanse / spouse of space itself. The balloon exploded (as planned) and Woodsat safely paralleled / parachuted back to Earth. Mr Makinen happily reported that all communications equipment survived the hushed / harsh conditions.

    Makinen plans to launch Woodsat into / onto space later this year. He said it was the realisation of a dream. He started a company to produce fluffy / fully functional wooden replicas of orbit-ready nomenclature / miniature satellites called CubeSats. These are used for space research, education and hobby porpoises / purposes. Makinen explained: "I've always enjoyed making model planes that involve / revolve a lot of wooden parts. Having worked in the space education patch / field, this got me wondering / wandering why we don't fly any wooden materials into space." He came down / up with the idea for Woodsat in 2017 and "the project just froze / snowballed". He said: "We found commercial backing, and secured a bunch / berth on an Electron launcher from Rocket Lab in New Zealand."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

    C_tt_ng-_dg_  t_chn_l_gy  _s  g_tt_ng  b_ck  t_  n_t_r_.  _  c_mp_ny  h_s  t_st_d  _  n_w  s_t_ll_t_  th_t  _s  pr_d_m_n_ntly  m_d_  fr_m  plyw__d.  Th_  s_t_ll_t_  _s  c_ll_d  W__ds_t.  _t  _s  th_  br__nch_ld  _f  _ng_n__r  J_r_  M_k_n_n,  c_-f__nd_r  _f  _  F_nn_sh  c_mp_ny  c_ll_d  _rct_c  _str_n__t_cs.  _t  _s  j_st  10cm  c_b_d  _n  s_z_.  H_  h_s  _lr__dy  s_cc_ssf_lly  t_st_d  h_s  D_Y,  b_t  h_gh-t_ch,  d_v_c_  _n  th_  str_t_sph_r_.  H_  _tt_ch_d  _t  t_  _  w__th_r  b_ll__n,  wh_ch  t__k  _t  t_  _n  _lt_t_d_  _f  30km  _b_v_  __rth  -  j_st  b_f_r_  th_  _ndl_ss  _xp_ns_  _f  sp_c_  _ts_lf.  Th_  b_ll__n  _xpl_d_d  (_s  pl_nn_d)  _nd  W__ds_t  s_f_ly  p_r_ch_t_d  b_ck  t_  __rth.  Mr  M_k_n_n  h_pp_ly  r_p_rt_d  th_t  _ll  c_mm_n_c_t__ns  _q__pm_nt  s_rv_v_d  th_  h_rsh  c_nd_t__ns.

    M_k_n_n  pl_ns  t_  l__nch  W__ds_t  _nt_  sp_c_  l_t_r  th_s  y__r.  H_  s__d  _t  w_s  th_  r__l_s_t__n  _f  _  dr__m.  H_  st_rt_d  _  c_mp_ny  t_  pr_d_c_  f_lly  f_nct__n_l  w__d_n  r_pl_c_s  _f  _rb_t-r__dy  m_n__t_r_  s_t_ll_t_s  c_ll_d  C_b_S_ts.  Th_s_  _r_  _s_d  f_r  sp_c_  r_s__rch,  _d_c_t__n  _nd  h_bby  p_rp_s_s.  M_k_n_n  _xpl__n_d:  "_'v_  _lw_ys  _nj_y_d  m_k_ng  m_d_l  pl_n_s  th_t  _nv_lv_  _  l_t  _f  w__d_n  p_rts.  H_v_ng  w_rk_d  _n  th_  sp_c_  _d_c_t__n  f__ld,  th_s  g_t  m_  w_nd_r_ng  why  w_  d_n't  fly  _ny  w__d_n  m_t_r__ls  _nt_  sp_c_."  H_  c_m_  _p  w_th  th_  _d__  f_r  W__ds_t  _n  2017  _nd  "th_  pr_j_ct  j_st  sn_wb_ll_d".  H_  s__d:  "W_  f__nd  c_mm_rc__l  b_ck_ng,  _nd  s_c_r_d  _  b_rth  _n  _n  _l_ctr_n  l__nch_r  fr_m  R_ck_t  L_b  _n  N_w  Z__l_nd."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    cuttingedge technology is getting back to nature a company has tested a new satellite that is predominantly made from plywood the satellite is called woodsat it is the brainchild of engineer jari makinen cofounder of a finnish company called arctic astronautics it is just 10cm cubed in size he has already successfully tested his diy but hightech device in the stratosphere he attached it to a weather balloon which took it to an altitude of 30km above earth  just before the endless expanse of space itself the balloon exploded as planned and woodsat safely parachuted back to earth mr makinen happily reported that all communications equipment survived the harsh conditions

    makinen plans to launch woodsat into space later this year he said it was the realisation of a dream he started a company to produce fully functional wooden replicas of orbitready miniature satellites called cubesats these are used for space research education and hobby purposes makinen explained ive always enjoyed making model planes that involve a lot of wooden parts having worked in the space education field this got me wondering why we dont fly any wooden materials into space he came up with the idea for woodsat in 2017 and the project just snowballed he said we found commercial backing and secured a berth on an electron launcher from rocket lab in new zealand

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Cutting-edgetechnologyisgettingbacktonature.Acompanyhasteste
    danewsatellitethatispredominantlymadefromplywood.Thesatellitei
    scalledWoodsat.ItisthebrainchildofengineerJariMakinen,co-founde
    rofaFinnishcompanycalledArcticAstronautics.Itisjust10cmcubedinsi
    ze.HehasalreadysuccessfullytestedhisDIY,buthigh-tech,deviceinth
    estratosphere.Heattachedittoaweatherballoon,whichtookittoanaltit
    udeof30kmaboveEarth-justbeforetheendlessexpanseofspaceitself
    .Theballoonexploded(asplanned)andWoodsatsafelyparachutedbac
    ktoEarth.MrMakinenhappilyreportedthatallcommunicationsequipm
    entsurvivedtheharshconditions.MakinenplanstolaunchWoodsatinto
    spacelaterthisyear.Hesaiditwastherealisationofadream.Hestarteda
    companytoproducefullyfunctionalwoodenreplicasoforbit-readymi
    niaturesatellitescalledCubeSats.Theseareusedforspaceresearch,ed
    ucationandhobbypurposes.Makinenexplained:"I'vealwaysenjoyed
    makingmodelplanesthatinvolvealotofwoodenparts.Havingworkedin
    thespaceeducationfield,thisgotmewonderingwhywedon'tflyanywoo
    denmaterialsintospace."HecameupwiththeideaforWoodsatin2017a
    nd"theprojectjustsnowballed".Hesaid:"Wefoundcommercialbackin
    g,andsecuredaberthonanElectronlauncherfromRocketLabinNewZea
    land."

    Free writing

    Write about wooden satellite for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Cars, TVs and satellites should be made from sustainable wood sources. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. SATELLITES: Make a poster about satellites. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. WOOD: Write a magazine article about using sustainable wood sources to replace plastics and metals in the things we use every day. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on satellites. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can use wood more. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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