Overview and Instructions
This interactive matching game teaches earth sciences in an exciting technology-based way. The online learning tool enables students to compare satellite images of land cover over time. Students will explore satellite images from various locations throughout the world, identify their visible physical characteristics, detect land cover change over a certain time period, train their memory to quickly recognize patterns and stimulate the understanding of basic concepts about digital geospatial data such as resolution and image interpretation. The learning objectives are:
- Identify specific locations on earth and their features via satellite imagery
- Visualize land cover changes over a specific time period
- Stimulate and train their memory through pattern recognition
This game is an online version of the “memory game”, originally designed for two people, available online in single player mode. The goal of the game is to match a given remote sensing images to its counterparts in the shortest amount of time possible. At the end of the game, the matched images reveal information about their location and details about their remote sensing imagery characteristics. The game serves as a basis for guided classroom discussions on geographic locations and environmental changes influenced by climate change.
This game contains the Earthshots trading cards, prepared by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).