Linda B. HAYDEN
Institution:Elizabeth City State University
Address:Box 672 ECSU 1704 Weeksville Road Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Corresponding Author:Dr. Linda B. HAYDEN
Topic Number:Policy, Education and Societal Issues (G1)
Presentation Type:Interactive Poster
Be The Scientist With Satellite Imagery in EZ/EC Communities is
designed as a student enrichment project for 6 targeted middle schools
located in the economic empowerment zone communities of Portsmouth,
Virginia and Halifax, North Carolina. The student enrichment component
is designed to support extra curricular science activities structured
to maximize awareness of and utilization of GOES satellite data
to meet core Earth Science learning objectives and to develop marketable
skills in the area of computer technology.
of the YBTS with Satellite Imagery in EZ/EC Communities program
1) Providing teachers and students with an understanding of satellite
imagery concepts; 2)Sharing with students information on careers
critical to NASA's overall mission; and 3) Sharing with students
and educators information related to NASA's earth science enterprise.
this project is Elizabeth City State University, at which the MU-SPIN
Office of Goddard Space Flight Center has established a Network
Resources and Training Site. ECSU brings satellite imagery to middle
schools in its region in an effort to enhance the study of mathematics
and science by underrepresented minority student.
The program is designed to aggressively strengthen the current Earth
System Science outreach to EZ/EC middle schools by GSFC and the
The visualization (Satellite Imagery) project has several components
each of which enhance the student's understanding of fundamental
remote sensing concepts. These include :
of the Earth Atmospheric Absorption
and movement Cloud height and temperature
The Coriolis Effect
Cycle Fire Detection
Stream High Level Clouds
Stream Intertropical Convergence Zone
Program is supported by a GVAR Satellite SuperFeed Server in each
school. The GVAR server combines data from different satellite types
as well as satellite-derived products from various government agencies
into a real-time data feed. This feed is sent from a commercial
Direct Broadcast satellite and received using a small dish antenna.
This service provides the equivalent of 7 gigabytes per day of data
to subscribers. This data consists of satellite imagery primarily
from the GOES Meteorological satellites as well as selected imagery
from other environmental and meteorological satellites. Also available
through the GVAR server are derived meteorological products from
NOAA and imagery taken from NASA's space telescope and earth-observing
satellites. GVAR provides a very content rich data stream consisting
of both images and raw image data that can be processed to bring
out desired features and analyzed in a scientific fashion. The data
is received and distributed throughout the school using a Satellite
SuperFeed Server (SSS). The SSS is an intranet appliance that consists
a 21" dish antenna mounted on the school roof.
the six teams consists of a minimum of 5 students and one teacher.
Teams meet weekly with the teacher who serves as coordinator. With
the assistance of the program webmaster they also devote time to
entering results of their research on the team web page.
program is visited by the YBTS Program Manager (mentor) five times
each year in September, November, January, March and May. Each visit
is an "event" which allows student teams to showcase results
of their weekly activities. The visit also facilitates communication
between the teacher coordinator and the Program Manager. At each
visit the Program Manager provides information to the schools on
satellite technology, the SuperLooper Interface and a variety of
careers available in research, data analysis, applications, etc.
Refreshments follow the team's oral reports, teacher coordinator
written report and Program Manager's presentation.
The Program Manager confers regularly with teacher coordinator on
network access and satellite systems usage issues. More frequent
contact is possible since Program Manager will provide on-line email
assistance to the teacher coordinator. The teacher coordinator and
students construct their own home page on the World Wide Web. Teams
are encouraged to add hot links to NASA Earth Science educational
resource sites; include photos of students and teacher coordinator;
include school description data; visualization images created from
satellite data and career resources.