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In this work, the design and build of a nanosatellite as an effective STEM teaching tool is presented. Encouraging project-based learning in Paraguayan schools, on such an attractive topic, would give the advantage of inspiring local students from 2 to 4 years engineering colleges into space technology, and by doing so, capacity building. Space activities in Paraguay began officially in 2017, from the creation of its local Space Agency. This satellite prototype will provide new research interests to different local universities, never existed before, and enable joining Paraguay to the New Space race worldwide. Introducing the state of the art technologies will allow international networking; hence, encouraging local talented young students with great expectations to get involved in this field. This work contains nanosatellite construction practices for developing a didactic module, which may also be used to develop industrial automation concepts, focused on students of a higher technical and engineering degree. The product aims to demonstrate the usefulness of project-based learning and what the concept of developing space systems such as CubeSat implies in a country with no satellite experience. Applying low-cost, free-source hardware and software, students seeking to reduce production costs and, at the same time, improve their performance, acquire basic but fundamental knowledge about administration and project management. The practice modules ensure controlled conditions for testing and product development in a multidisciplinary environment. High-performance, low-cost platforms increasingly introduce the global tech market while open-source software, such as My Open Lab counterparts Arduino - Raspberry Pi style hardware. This type of technology is still not widely spread in Paraguay. Educational modules are a great way to gain experience in this kind of platform applications. Therefore, a student who has developed skills in utilizing open-source hardware and software and puts it into practice, even in a didactic module, would grant him a competitive advantage in the local industry. That is the great advantage of learning by doing in a controlled environment supervised by instructors.
Coronel, C. D., & Mosqueda, M. L., & Vega, B. F., & Stalder, D. H., & Kurita, J. H. (2021, July), Building 1U CubeSat as a Tool to Promote Project-Based Learning in Paraguay, a Case Study Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36759
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