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The integration of science explorations through the use of Earth images in middle school curriculum

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3 Author(s)
Stork, E.J. ; Inst. for Educ. Adv., Pasadena, CA, USA ; Sakamoto, S.O. ; Cowan, R.M.

KidSat was a pilot project dedicated to bringing students to the center of the learning process. In this unique pilot program. KidSat created a dynamic collaboration among middle school, high school, and university students with scientists, engineers, teachers, and educational theorists to create a program that tied “real-time” science exploration and discovery to learning in the classroom. This project, supported by NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), Johnson Space Center (JSC), and corporate and individual donors, inspired and motivated young people to expand their knowledge base through the use of Earth images. Middle school students from across the country controlled a student-designed, digital camera mounted onboard three space shuttle missions. Images from this instrument were incorporated into the teaching process and demonstrated the importance of using real data to excite and motivate young people. By providing students the opportunity to learn through analysis of self-chosen images of the Earth taken from the space shuttle, the acquisition of knowledge became more relevant and applicable to all subject areas. This initiative changed the expectations of many participants as to what students can learn and accomplish when provided with exciting content, well-trained teachers, and access to real data

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 4 )