SATELLITES/GLOBE students headed to the White House

February 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Dr. C's Blog

Update 2-13-12
Suzan and Connie were interviewed on channel 4 in Detroit over the weekend. Here is a link to it.
click here.

Update 2-10-12
Here are more pictures from the West Virginia students from Huntington High School.
Teachers: Rick Sharpe and Carla Snell and Students: Ben Jones, Emily Waybright, and Derek Carson

Connie mentioned that Suzan may be on the morning show in Detroit some time this weekend. We’ll keep an eye out for that.

Update 2-9-12
Suzan Shalhout has been quoted in a couple news articles from around the country about her visit with the President.
The Chicago Tribune covered Suzan. She is part of a story along with the students from Robeson Malcolm X Academy,0,4099022.story
This story has run on a lot of news outlets. Congratulations Suzan and Connie.

The Huffington Post

Here is the news release from the Detroit Public Schools.

Here is an article with pictures about the West Virginia students. They talk about the GLOBE surface temperature field campaign.

Here’s another article about the West Virginia students.

Update 10 pm 2-7-12
Suzan sat right behind the President during his speech.
I took this picture off of the video the White House posted.

The West Virginia students were in about the second row of the audience.
WV kids
Ben Jones, Emily Waybright, and Derek Carson

Several articles have been posted on the internet about the science fair. Here are some about Suzan Shalhout from Detroit.–Obama-Science-Detroit/

Here is a story about the West Virginia students.

Here is a list of all of the projects that were presented.

Here is an email that Connie sent to me.
was going to post but didn’t see how. This was an amazing thing for us! Suzan sat behind the President and was able to spend a few minutes in a very priviledged spot. She shook his hand and was able to be just that close. On the way in we were by Bill Nye the Science Guy and had a photo op with him. We also met with Senator Carl Levin of Michigan who is a great supporter of the Starbase propgram. We had another photo op with him as well. HAving the run of the White House was simp[ly amazing. Pictures with the President we were not allowed to take but they will be sent to us and then we will share!


Here are some pictures of Suzan.

Here are pictures of the West Virginia kids at the White House.
photo 1(1)
photo 2(1)photo 3(1)

Old posts
Two groups of SATELLITES students that I have worked with and who are active in GLOBE research will be going to the White House to be part of the White House Science Fair on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. How exciting is that?
To learn more about this exciting event, click here.

I hope to post pictures and videos here as the day progresses on Tuesday.
Your students can post their science fair projects on the White House blog at this link

The first group is Suzan Shalhout (an elementary school student from Detroit) and her teacher Connie Atkinson. Suzan is going to the White House sponsored by the Star Base program from Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan.

Last year when Suzan participated in the SATELLITES Conference at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, Ohio, she competed for Oliver Wendell Holmes School in Detroit (part of Detroit Public Schools). Connie has been moved to a new school this academic year.


Suzan presented this project last year, “Water, Water, in the Ground, Who is the Cleanest One Around?” at the SATELLITES Conference on April 12, 2011. As you can tell, she put a lot of work into the project testing water from several locations. Suzan and her sisters have always done well at the conference. They really put a lot of work into their projects. And, Connie works hard to give her students experiences. She often goes to professional development having participated in two SATELLITES Institutes at the University of Toledo. They are highlighted in a GLOBE Star clicking here.

The second group is from Huntington High School in Huntington, West Virginia. The teacher is Rick Sharpe. I work closely with Todd Ensign who is the Program Manager for the NASA IV&V Educator Resource Center in Fairmont, West Virginia. I have gone to West Virginia a couple times to work with Rick. His students took over 300 observations during the Surface Temperature Field Campaign this year.

Rick Sharpe

Here is more information from Todd Ensign.
Rick Sharpe is a Huntington High School science teacher who has attended many evening and weekend seminars at the NASA IV&V ERC as well as multiple week-long grant funded summer institutes on the GLOBE Program which the ERC co-taught with organizations including Fairmont State University, America View, West Virginia University, The JASON Project, Glenville State and others. According to Mr. Sharpe, “GLOBE protocols are a vital part of our earth science curriculum at HHS and they allow our students to engage in genuine science that is relevant to their lives. GLOBE allows us to engage students with a wide range of abilities because they are hands-on and cover many topics.” One of Mr. Sharpe’s areas of GLOBE certification is in the Surface Temperature Protocols which he uses annually with students to compete in the Surface Temperature Field Campaign and Science Fair competition hosted by GLOBE Scientist, Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, from the University of Toledo.

The NASA IV&V ERC is the GLOBE Partner for the state of West Virginia, and Program Manager Todd Ensign has trained over 500 WV educators, including Mr. Sharpe, in his role as the Partner Coordinator which he has held for 10 years. Additionally, Mr. Ensign serves on the GLOBE U.S. Partner Regional Ambassador Committee and is a Master Trainer who has conducted teacher workshops in several states and overseas including Costa Rica and Nigeria. Mr. Ensign helped to identify the Huntington High School’s project and submitted it to NASA for consideration in the White House Science Fair. “NASA IV&V, The GLOBE Program, and the state of West Virginia should be proud to be represented at the White House Science Fair by Ben Jones (16), Emily Waybright (16), and Derek Carson (17) who will be presenting their authentic research into the relationship between surface temperature and cloud cover,” according to Mr. Ensign.

Funding for these programs has been provided by NASA, Ohio Space Grant Consortium, OhioView and AmericaView.

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4 Responses to “SATELLITES/GLOBE students headed to the White House”
  1. Dalila Linscomb says:

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  2. Carolyn says:

    Congratulations to all – what an exciting day! A special shout out to Rick and his WV students!

  3. Kari Wolfe says:

    Derek is my cousin and I know he was so excited to have been chosen for this! :) Yay! Congratulations to all of you! :)

  4. Nice job, Kevin C., Rick Sharpe, and Todd Ensign! Your commitment to K-12 STEM is exemplary!

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