What is SATELLITES?
SATELLITES (Students and Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret the Earth From Space) Program is a program to bring together students, teachers and scientists to enhance science and technology education. It started with a NASA New Investigator Program grant that Dr. C received in 1998. It is currently a collaborative effort by science and education faculty from several universities in Ohio as part of the OhioView Remote Sensing Consortium. OhioView (http://www.ohioview.org) is a grassroots organization whose membership consists of professors from 12 research universities in Ohio and whose goal is to spread the use of remote sensing beyond the university. The SATELLITES Program has been the outreach program for OhioView for the past five years. We have trained over 250 teachers from across Ohio plus teachers from Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Alaska and West Virginia. Funding for the SATELLITES Program comes from NASA, USGS, Ohio Board of Regents and Ohio Space Grant Consortium.
The goals of SATELLITES are to offer teachers excellent professional development that includes lessons and materials that are tied to the Educational Standards, engage students in real science and by doing so increase interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Each year we conduct summer institutes in which we have teachers model what they will do with their students. In the fall, we have a field campaign in association with GLOBE http://www.globe.gov and then have the students develop inquiry-based research projects that they present at the annual SATELLITES Conference.
We are working with people in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland in collaboration with AmericaView to spread SATELLITES to those states.