Who is involved in GLOBE?
Steve Platnick, EOS Project Scientist, A-Train Project Scientist
Angelita C. Kelly, EOS Science Interface Manager, Constellation Team Manager
History of NASA studying earth science
“Man must rise above the Earth – to the top of the atmosphere and beyond – for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.” (Socrates, 400BC)
We live in a gifted time in terms of technology
3 main earth observing system (EOS) platforms: individual satellites carry multiple earth observing tools in themes: water cycle, land, tropospheric and stratospheric chemistry
research on …
- atmospheric composition
- climate variability and change
- water and energy cycle
- carbon cycle and ecosystem
- earth surface and interior
- interdisciplinary science
constellation flying (group of satellites coordinated to fly in tandem so photographs of earth are taken at the same time): A-Train (afternoon constellation) and Morning Constellations
Multiple satellites with different instruments complement each other – provides bigger picture
The Constellations are an international effort, managed by multiple organizations
All scientific data is completely free and web-accessible from anywhere in the world
Students who aspire to work at NASA should take math and science courses as soon as they are offered at their grade levels; there are various choices for a technical career at NASA: scientist, engineering, data systems, computer specialist, analyst, quality control, education and outreach (and there are non-technical careers that contribute to NASA’s work)
- A-train: atrain.nasa.gov
- Earth Observing System (EOS) Project Science Office: eos.nasa.gov
- The Earth Observatory: earthobservatory.nasa.gov
- Science Visualization Studio: svs.gsfc.nasa.gov
- MODIS Rapid Response Imagery: rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov
Pennsylvania school districts will be interested to know that the PA Department of Education is unveiling a Curriculum Mapping tool – free – as part of the Standards Aligned System (SAS). I was able to start using the CM tool last week in Harrisburg and it is comparable to many of the commercial products on the market (Rubicon Atlas, OnHand Schools, Performance Pathways, etc.). While all the bugs are still not worked out, it’s pretty user friendly and highly customizable. The Curriculum Mapping tool was developed to provide PA districts equity in access and resources. Many schools that have never had access to this type of tool will now be able to effectively work on curriculum development. Schools already using a pricy tool might want to consider the cost benefits of switching over.
More than likely PDE will be rolling this out through local Intermediate Units, so stay tuned.
“To help close this research gap, Mathematica Policy Research conducted a study supported by the Institute of Education Sciences in the US Department of Education over the course of two school years evaluating the effectiveness of four supplemental reading comprehension programs in helping disadvantaged fifth graders improve their reading comprehension. The study used an experimental design, in which schools were randomly assigned to use an intervention or not …
The study found positive impacts for one of the four curricula. In particular, when teachers had one prior year of experience using the ReadAbout curriculum, students scored higher on a reading comprehension assessment. The score improvement is equivalent to moving from the 50th to the 59th percentile on a standardized test. The study found no improvement in reading comprehension scores for students using the other three curricula.”
Read the summary here.
From a recent PSBA Legislative Report:
Addressing the issue of childhood obesity, this week the State Board of Education voted its initial approval of a proposal to establish nutritional standards for competitive foods and beverages and to create new requirements for physical activity for students. Created as amendments to the Chapter 12 regulations (Students and Student Services), new language sets nutritional standards for foods provided outside reimbursable school meals, including food served in classroom parties, fundraisers sold during the school day and items dispensed from school vending machines. The standards would not apply to foods and beverages sold in connection with fundraisers or at school sponsored events held outside of the regular school day.
In addition, the proposal would require schools to provide at least 30 minutes of “physical activity” each day for students that can be achieved in a variety of ways as determined by the school. In addition, schools would have to provide 150 minutes of “physical education” per week for elementary students and 225 minutes each week for middle and secondary school students. The proposal also contains various requirements for reporting and monitoring for compliance. [emphasis added]
How are schools going to manage this?! 30 minutes of PE a day for elementary, 45 minutes of PE a day for secondary students …
- Pennsylvania makes inroads into reducing child obesity (scienceblog.com)
- GSU professor finds link between obesity and federal school nutrition programs (scienceblog.com)
From the Boston Globe …
Learn This, America! The Final Report of the Commission to Crush the Strains of Weakness, Socialism, and Unpatriotic Thought in our Schools
After an exhaustive review of the educational materials for K-12 students throughout the United States, we were shocked to discover factual inaccuracies and ideological biases marring what is being taught to our children in subjects ranging from mathematics to grammar.
Read it here.