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Translating the mission: when the ground-truthers meet the instrument-makers-how students at all points in the “Pipeline” learn about remote sensing

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3 Author(s)
Pierce, A. ; Nat. Space Soc., Washington, DC, USA ; Adesanya, B. ; Robinson, D.

In 1997 the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) worked with Old Dominion University, Hampton University, Tidewater Community College and the College of William and Mary to develop a student team to manage the design, fabrication, and launch process for a scientific balloon payload. The expertise available to the VSGC suggested that an environmentally focused payload should address the instrumentation for gathering remotely sensed images and ground-truthing data. The payload was successfully launched on August 25, 1998. Throughout the project all team members worked with precollege students. Questions about the project were responded to through the “Ask A Scientist” page of the web site ( The “Lessons Learned” included: 1) Student accountability for accuracy, safety, and project costs is critical, 2) Internet research projects require a high degree of organization, software compatibility, and self-efficacy: judgement that the student himself feels capable of participating in an on-line research project, and 3) The moment of “Aha!” is the primary motivator

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

Sep 1999

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