NASA’s Sun-Earth Day Tweetup announces 10 slots reserved for educators!

February 28, 2011 by  
Filed under NASA

Teachers who use twitter, either personally or in their classroom, are invited to register for one of the ten slots reserved especially for educators. Teachers will participate in the tweetup and receive an extra packed bag of materials to take home.

To register, enter your information here:

The deadline for applying is March 2, 2011.

Each year, NASA celebrates Sun-Earth Day near the spring equinox with a series of events that highlight the agency’s research and discoveries about our home planet and its star. “Ancient Mysteries, Future Discoveries” is this year’s theme for Sun-Earth Day and the Tweetup.

Tweetup participants will be given a personalized tour of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space museum in Washington. They will observe the sun — weather permitting — from the museum’s public observatory and hear from Smithsonian experts who study the history of astronomy and planetary science. After the Smithsonian visit, the attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at Goddard’s Integration and Test Facility, where engineers ground test instruments and satellites.

Tweetup attendees also will have the opportunity to meet NASA scientists and engineers and be part of a live webcast with the co-hosts of NASA EDGE, an unscripted video podcast that takes a unique look at agency programs and initiatives.

For more information about this year’s Sun-Earth Day, visit:

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GLOBE Surface Temperature Field Campaign

The GLOBE Surface Temperature Field Campaign was a great success again. The field campaign ran from November 25, 2010 to December 22, 2010.

During the GLOBE surface temperature field campaign, 45 Schools took 1121 observations.

The school with the most observations was Peebles High School with 86 observations. A close second was Cloverleaf High School with 83 observations and Main Street Shool with 80. Nice work all. The lowest temperature was -27.2 C in Gimnazium No 1. The high temperature was 49.8 C at Brazil High School in Trinadad and Tobago. The deepest snow was 522 mm measured by Kilingi-Nomme Gymnasium in Estonia. That’s deep. (I had originally said Main Street School had the highest snow depth, but that value was in error).

Roswell Kent Middle School, Akron, OH, US [34 rows]
III Liceum A. Mickiewicza and Gimnazjum No. 47, Bydgoszcz, PL, PL [10 rows]
Ohio Hi Point Career Center, Bellefontaine, OH, US [7 rows]
Cloverleaf High School, Lodi, OH, US [83 rows]
St. Peter’s High School, Mansfield, OH, US [26 rows]
The Morton Arboretum Youth Education Dept., Lisle, IL, US [6 rows]
Shafi’i Secondary School, Rejal Alma-a, SA [11 rows]
River Hill High School, Clarksville, MD, US [25 rows]
Peebles High School, Peebles, OH, US [86 rows]
St. Patrick Of Heatherdowns, Toledo, OH, US [22 rows]
Gimnazjum No 7 Jana III Sobieskiego, Rzeszow, PL, PL [67 rows]
Burlington County Institute Of Technology, Medford, NJ, US [10 rows]
Brazil High, Brazil Village, TT, TT [30 rows]
Hersom Homeschool, Gerrardstown, WV, US
Kilingi-Nomme Gymnasium, Parnumaa, 67, EE [64 rows]
Swift Creek Middle School, Tallahassee, FL, US [14 rows]
National Presbyterian School, Washington, DC, US [27 rows]
West Union Elementary School, West Union, OH, US [2 rows]
Westerville North, Westerville City, OH, US [20 rows]
Deer Park Middle Magnet School, Randallstown, MD, US [39 rows]
Severn School, Severna Park, MD, US [47 rows]
Huntington High School, Huntington, WV, US [45 rows]
Lima High School, Lima, OH, US [31 rows]
Gimnazium No 1, Sochaczew, MZ, PL [39 rows]
Sylvania Franciscan Academy, Sylvania, OH, US [11 rows]
Lakewood Catholic Academy, Lakewood, OH, US [54 rows]
Musselman High School, Inwood, WV, US [18 rows]
Bellefontaine High School, Bellefontaine, OH, US [25 rows]
Hereford High School, Parkton, MD, US [13 rows]
Al-waleed bin abd al-malik secondary school, Yanbu, SA [2 rows]
Ida Middle School, Ida, MI, US [14 rows]
McTigue Middle School, Toledo, OH, US [13 rows]
Taaksi Basic School, Viljandi, EE [4 rows]
Highlands Elementary School, Naperville, IL, US [4 rows]
South Suburban Montessori School, Brecksville, OH, US [6 rows]
John Marshall High School, Glendale, WV, US [14 rows]
Birchwood School, Cleveland, OH, US [11 rows]
Eastwood Middle School, Pemberville, OH, US [24 rows]
Lial Catholic School, Whitehouse, OH, US [13 rows]
McDonogh School, Owings Mills, MD, US [8 rows]
Estes Park High School, Estes Park, CO, US
The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, US [11 rows]
Dassel-Cokato Middle School, Cokato, MN, US [17 rows]
Main Street School, Norwalk, OH, US [80 rows]
Monroe High School, Monroe, MI, US [32 rows]

I looked at the influence of urban development on the surface temperature. I separated the schools by urban and rural by using a 15 mile buffer around cities of 50,000. I also broke it up by land cover, grass and asphalt. I used the Earth Exploration Toolbook lesson that I developed with Todd Ensign from West Virginia, “Are Our Cities Warming the Earth”.


The results of the study are as follows:
Urban – Grass: 1.49ºC (162)
Rural – Grass: -2.19ºC (457)
Urban – Asphalt: 5.57ºC (102)
Rural – Asphalt: 3.96ºC (129)
The mean temperature for the cover type with the number of observations in ():
As you can see, the asphalt temperatures are warmer than the grass temperatures. And, the urban temperatures on average are higher than the rural school temperatures. This would suggest that our citites are warming the earth. In these cases, from 1.5 to 3.5 C.

Astronaut Shuttle Photos Google Earth

February 8, 2011 by  
Filed under NASA

Astronauts aboard the space shuttle have taken many pictures of the earth. Students in my Digital Image Analysis class downloaded the images using instructions provided by Jay Morgan from Towson University and Sam Batzli from the University of Wisconsin. You must have Google Earth in order to have it open correctly. Click on the files. You will need to unzip the files before they will work in Google Earth.

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 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
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 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