SATELLITES winner gets Superior at States

This comes from Steve Frantz, middle school teacher from Roswell-Kent Middle School in Akron.
Congratulations!

I am very pleased to announce Mai Lor, 7th grader from Roswell Kent
Middle School, earned a rating from the Ohio Academy of Science of
SUPERIOR today at State Science Day at THE Ohio State University.
Superior is the highest rating possible. Mai’s GLOBE Program science
fair project is titled:

Surface Temperature Between Short-Grass, Asphalt and Dirt: A Study on the Effects of Albedo

Mai continued her love of science by visiting the Center Of Science and Industry (COSI) while in Columbus.

Mai, on right, is pictured here with her trophy from the SATELLITES conference that was held on April 10th.
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SATELLITES Conference Results 2014

The SATELLITES Conference was April 10 at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, Ohio. It was a great success. 82 students presented 47 projects ranging from fifth grade to graduate school. Fred Judsen from the Ohio Department of Transportation gave the keynote address talking about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). We also had several private sector people show off their UAVs. The kids loved them.

The goal of the conference was to have students present their research projects to other students. We also judged the studnets’ projects and offered trophies for the top three places for each grade level (K-6, 7-8 and 9-12).

People’s choice award – Sonny Meyer – Connie’s student – Here a bottle, there a bottle

K-6
1st – Sonny Meyer – Connie’s student – Here a bottle, there a bottle
2nd – Gavin Atkisson – Connie’s student – City Snow, Country Snow
3rd – Sophie Strickling – Methods to slow ice melt and preserve ice mass

7-8
I don’t know. 2 of the places went to Steve’s students
1st – Mai Lor – Roswell-Kent Middle School – Surface temperature over short grass
2nd- Deena Amrou, Katlynn Zaborowski, Deniz I – Anthony Wayne Junior High School – Global Warming
3rd- Leah Stanevich – Roswell-Kent Middle School – Rain, Tap, and Rain runoff water. A study for plant health

9-12
1st – Grant Adams – Penta Career Center – Using GIS to Help the DEA Find Illicit Drug Rings in Sequoia National Park
2nd – Zoltan Urge, Anna Rence, and Casey Pippert-Ladd from Put-in-Bay – The Island Cave Project
3rd – Bristle Dix, Emily Cadwell, Maygen Wray, Stryker High School – What is the Effect of Walking Surface Composition on Surface Temperature?

Here are some of the winners.
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Here are the judges doing their calculations.
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Here is a picture of one UAVs in action. The students were mesmerized.
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2012 OhioView SATELLITES (GLOBE) Student Conference

April 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Dr. C's Blog, SATELLITES Conference 2009

The 2012 OhioView SATELLITES (GLOBE) Student Conference was held at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, Ohio Tuesday, April 17. It was a great success. 45 student projects were presented by students. The quality of the students’ research just keeps getting better. I learned so much from the students.

Here is a list of the winners by grade level.

K-6
1st place, Paige Moden and Karli Callahan, Wauseon Middle School, Extinction… It’s not just for polar bears
2nd place, Conner Johnson and Kyle Vernot, Wauseon Middle School, Lake Erie Energy
3rd place, Owen Newlove and Lucas Blanchong, Wauseon Middle School, Garbage Power

7-9
1st place, Vinayak Kurup, Birchwood School, Water Vapor, CO2, or Smoke: Which is the Worst Greenhouse Gas?
2nd place, Kaitlin Stessney, Roswell-Kent Middle School, Climate Change Correlation with Malaria Cases
3rd place, Saeda Shalhout, Oliver Wendell Holmes School, Is Tap Water the Same Around My Town?

10-12
1st place, Penta Career Center -Anthony Rorigi & Patrick Short – Exploring Green Energy Technologies by State
2nd place, Penta Career Center – Jordan Kurfess & Tyler Hassall – Exploring Best Locations for Windmills in Northwest Ohio
3rd place, Penta Career Center – Jake Gurecky – Using Remote Sensing to Locate Possible Areas of Drug Cartel Activity in US National Parks

University
1st place Krithica Kantharaj Use of GRACE gravity data to investigate soil moisture in India
2nd place Matthew Lehnert Are the forests of morroco disappearing
3rd place Yujin Lee Development of 3D campus buildings from an international student perspective

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Kelly Croy was the keynote speaker and did a very inspirational chalk drawing (below).
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NASA opportunity for current female high school juniors

Hello Everyone:
We are forwarding the attached flyer for NASA’s Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars (WISH) Program.

WISH is seeking female high school juniors from across the country to participate in NASA’s pilot project which starts with an on-line community and culminates with a summer experience at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Summer, 2012.

Applicants need to be:
•U.S. citizens
•Current female high school juniors during the 2011-2012 school year
•Interested and excited about STEM
•Committed to a one-year relationship with JSC; and
•Able to access to the Internet and email (at home, school or public library)
•A scholar with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0 or higher

More information is available at: http://wish.aerospacescholars.org

Please forward this to anyone who might be interested.

Thank you.

Gary

Prof. Gary L. Slater
Director, Ohio Space Grant Consortium
School of Aerospace Systems
College of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Cincinnati

GLOBE Earth Day 2012 Student Video Competition

February 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Related Topics, SATELLITES Conference 2009

GLOBE Community,
Get your video cameras ready – the Earth Day 2012 GLOBE Student Video Competition is about to begin! GLOBE Students from around the world are invited to submit a short video (2 minutes or less) showing how they are exploring and investigating their local climate using GLOBE protocols and learning activities. The GLOBE Program will be accepting submissions from 15 February to 15 March 2012.
To get a top score, be sure to clearly define the GLOBE protocol and climate-focused learning activities, show students in action, include a transcript, and get the highest quality audio and video possible for your recording device.
The top regional videos will be highlighted on the GLOBE website starting 16 April, and the top overall videos will be featured on Earth Day, 22 April. A set of prizes will be awarded to winners from each GLOBE region.

OhioView SATELLITES Conference 2011

April 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Dr. C's Blog, SATELLITES Conference 2009

The OhioView SATELLITES Conference of 2011 was held at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, Ohio on April 12, 2011. Students from K-12 schools and universities throughout the Toledo area and from as far away as Akron and Detroit presented projects that were developed using their own inquiry-based research using geospatial technologies. Student projects were evaluated for scientific quality and awards were presented to the highest scoring teams in elementary, middle, high school and college. The theme of the conference was linked to AmericaView’s Earth Observation Day. http://www.americaview.org/pre-college?quicktabs_9=1#quicktabs-9
In addition, students attended a presentation from Dr. Michael Weintraub, Associate Professor of Environmental Science from The University of Toledo, who spoke on the topic of climate change in the Arctic with a special presentation from the Woodward High School Students who attended the White House Science Fair in October 2010. SATELLITES stands for Students and Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret the Earth from Space. Many of the students used GLOBE data in their projects.

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University Projects
1st University of Toledo Nancy Cochran Use of GLOBE Data to Investigate Urban Heat Island Effect
2nd University of Toledo Yitong Jiang Identification of Sewage Sludge Injection Application on Harvested Agricultural Fields Using Landsat TM Data
3rd University of Toledo Hong Zhuo Land Use Change of Las Vegas

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SATELLITES Conference 2011 Info

SATELLITES Conference Registration
The SATELLITES Conference will be held at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, OH once again this year. It will be Tuesday, April 12, 2011 from 4 pm to 8 pm. Students and teachers should start arriving about 3:30 pm. For more information, go to http://satellitesk12.org and look under CONFERENCE INFO heading to get more information.
Please register your students for the conference by: Friday April 1, 2011, for each team that you bring I need to know the following:
1. Title of their poster.
2. Names of all students on that poster
3. Grade of the students on that poster
4. Is this poster registering to be judged?
5. Signed Photo Release Forms
Send this information to kczajko@utnet.utoledo.edu
Students will be broken into grade levels: elementary, middle and high school for the judging. We encourage all students to present their posters at the conference. However, given the total number of posters, we ask that only one poster per class be judged.
Virtual Conference
For those schools that are too far away from Perrysburg to make it for the face to face conference, they can enter the SATELLITES Virtual Conference. Students can make a video of their poster and then post it via the internet on http://TeacherTube.com. The video will have to be in an electronic form. It can also be a power point presentation with voice annotation or it can be made with a digital camera. Instructions for how to upload videos is attached. The deadline to post videos to the virtual conference is April 30, 2011.
Please register your students for the conference by: Friday April 2, 2010, for each team that you bring I need to know the following:
1. Title of their poster.
2. Names of all students on that poster
3. Grade of the students on that poster
4. Is this poster registering to be judged?
5. Signed Photo Release Forms

Day 5 Lake Effect Snow Summary

December 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Dr. C's Blog, SATELLITES Conference 2009

We finished our first week of the GLOBE Surface Temperature Field Campaign. So far there have been 191 observations from 24 schools from the US, Poland, Trinidad and Tobago and Estonia. In the US, students from Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Washington, DC, Florida and Colorado have entered data. If you have not entered your data yet, please do so soon so I can look it over. With that many observations it is amazing that there is not a single entry in degrees Fahrenheit instead of Celsius and it looks like all of the universal times are correct. In the past, up to 17% of observations had the incorrect universal time.

Roswell Kent Middle School, Akron, OH, US [30 rows]
III Liceum A. Mickiewicza and Gimnazjum No. 47, Bydgoszcz, PL, PL [10 rows]
Ohio Hi Point Career Center, Bellefontaine, OH, US [2 rows]
Peebles High School, Peebles, OH, US [33 rows]
Gimnazjum No 7 Jana III Sobieskiego, Rzeszow, PL, PL [7 rows]
Burlington County Institute Of Technology, Medford, NJ, US [4 rows]
Brazil High, Brazil Village, TT, TT [3 rows]
Hersom Homeschool, Gerrardstown, WV, US
Kilingi-Nomme Gymnasium, Parnumaa, 67, EE [18 rows]
Swift Creek Middle School, Tallahassee, FL, US [2 rows]
National Presbyterian School, Washington, DC, US [8 rows]
West Union Elementary School, West Union, OH, US [2 rows]
Lakewood Catholic Academy, Lakewood, OH, US [10 rows]
Musselman High School, Inwood, WV, US [3 rows]
Bellefontaine High School, Bellefontaine, OH, US [6 rows]
Ida Middle School, Ida, MI, US [14 rows]
McTigue Middle School, Toledo, OH, US [3 rows]
Highlands Elementary School, Naperville, IL, US [2 rows]
Eastwood Middle School, Pemberville, OH, US [9 rows]
Catholic School, Whitehouse, OH, US [4 rows]
Estes Park High School, Estes Park, CO, US
The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, US [2 rows]
Main Street School, Norwalk, OH, US [13 rows]
Monroe High School, Monroe, MI, US [4 rows]

Lake Effect Snow
This is a radar image from the Buffalo, New York radar showing the lake effect plume that came off of Lake Erie from Wednesday to Friday, Dec. 1-3, 2010. I saved the image from the Weater Underground http://wunderground.com. Notice how the radar echos are coming from Lake Erie right into the Buffalo area.
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The storm resulted in an accident that led to people being stranded in their cars and trucks on the thruway for many hours, many over night. The snow fell so fast that the cars and trucks that were stopped could not move after the accident was cleared. There are articles about the incident here:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2010/12/update_drivers_still_stranded.html

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From: David Duprey / The Associated Press

The image that I made below shows how the wind on Wedesday blew the length of Lake Erie and produced up to 32 inches (80 cm) of snow. Then, over the weekend, the wind will be more from the northwest. The fetch, that is the time that the wind blows over Lake Erie, will be a lot lower. So,that should produce less lake effect snow in the downwind areas. This time the wind will be blowing towards Ashtabula, Ohio. This might produce less snow. However, the wind will be blowing over Lake Huron before it gets to Lake Erie. This upwind connection could mean that Ashtabula will get a significant lake effect storm. When I am writing this posting, the National Weather Service has not listed any winter weather advisories for Ashtabula. We’ll see if that changes.
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What about Toledo? Well, there is a system coming out of Canada this weekend but it very well may track to the south of Toledo. Places like Cincinatti, Ohio may get some snow as well as areas of Kentucky and Virginia.
Dr. C

Day 4 Surface Temperature Field Campaign

We have had 20 schools so far enter data for the surface temperature field campaign.
Roswell Kent Middle School, Akron, OH, US [30 rows]
III Liceum A. Mickiewicza and Gimnazjum No. 47, Bydgoszcz, PL, PL [10 rows]
Ohio Hi Point Career Center, Bellefontaine, OH, US
Peebles High School, Peebles, OH, US [25 rows]
Gimnazjum No 7 Jana III Sobieskiego, Rzeszow, PL, PL [7 rows]
Burlington County Institute Of Technology, Medford, NJ, US [3 rows]
Brazil High, Brazil Village, TT, TT [3 rows]
Hersom Homeschool, Gerrardstown, WV, US
Kilingi-Nomme Gymnasium, Parnumaa, 67, EE [16 rows]
Swift Creek Middle School, Tallahassee, FL, US [2 rows]
National Presbyterian School, Washington, DC, US [3 rows]
West Union Elementary School, West Union, OH, US [2 rows]
Lakewood Catholic Academy, Lakewood, OH, US [8 rows]
Musselman High School, Inwood, WV, US [2 rows]
Bellefontaine High School, Bellefontaine, OH, US [4 rows]
McTigue Middle School, Toledo, OH, US [2 rows]
Highlands Elementary School, Naperville, IL, US
Lial Catholic School, Whitehouse, OH, US [2 rows]
The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, US [2 rows]
Main Street School, Norwalk, OH, US [9 rows]

Tomorrow, I’ll be visiting Ida Middle School and Ida Elementary school and working with the students there. That will be one more school.
It is nice to see some more returning schools. Mr. Lopatka and Mrs. Kouri from Naperville, IL. Greg, my hockey team lost tonight although not too badly. Hi Mrs. Chirico (Lial Catholic School. Great to see your first data entry. Great to see your observations too Mr. Versele (Bellefontaine High School).

Seasonal Pictures
Through the GLOBE program we meet a lot of people. One person I met was Markus from Switzerland. About two years ago he asked people in GLOBE if they wanted to participate in a seasons project that he was starting. He asked people take pictures of their area once a month and submit them to him. Then, he was going to post it on the internet for others to see.

I had already started to take pictures of the Ottawa River on the University of Toledo campus to observe ice cover for GLOBE’s Seasons and Biomes program. In the picture, you may notice a little snow on the banks of the river. It snowed a trace today. A cold front went by and the cold air was squeezing the moisture out of the air.

Markus is a great guy. He sends a reminder to us to submit your pictures every month. And, he has sent Swiss chocolate. That was yummy. He even took the 12 months of pictures that I provided and made post cards. They are great.
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Lake Effect Snow
The cold air the spilled into the Great Lakes region produced a very strong plume of lake effect snow off of Lake Erie. The wind has been aligned the length of Lake Erie so the air is spending the maximum amount of time over the lake. That focused the heaviest snowfall south of Buffalo, NY. Snowfall rates of 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) per hour occurred with lightning. I think someone should make a movie called “Lake Effect.” I’ll write more about the lake effect snow tomorrow. Since we are going to be in a cold pattern in the Great Lakes for the next week, there should be plenty of lake effect snow to go around.

Dr. C

Dr. C presents student with 3rd place award

September 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Dr. C's Blog, SATELLITES Conference 2009

Hi All
I visited McTigue Middle School in Toledo, OH yesterday, September 27, 2010, and presented one of Penny Choma’s students (Kristen Fink) with her 3rd place award for the virtual SATELLITES conference from 2010. Her project title was Which is Colder Virginia or Kentucky?.

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