SATELLITES is a professional development program aimed at training and supporting K-12 science teachers interested in integrating geospatial science and technology in their curricula. SATELLITES students and teachers have gone to the White House Science Fair in recent years.
SATELLITES (Students And Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret The Earth from Space) is a cooperative effort between teachers, students, and scientists aimed at enhancing hands-on science and technology education in a wide range of topic areas including Earth and Space Science, Geography, Environmental Science, Biology, and Physics. Started in 1998 with a NASA New Investigator grant awarded to Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, SATELLITES is a collaborative effort by science and education faculty from the OhioView Remote Sensing Consortium, and continues to be an outreach program for OhioView.
Since 1998 hundreds of teachers from across Ohio have been trained. The program has expanded to include teachers from Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Alaska, West Virginia, and Maryland. Michigan SATELLITES students and West Virginia SATELLITES students had the opportunity to participate in the 2012 White House Science Fair. Funding and related support for SATELLITES comes from NASA, the USGS, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Space Grant Consortium, and AmericaView. The goal of SATELLITES is to offer teachers excellent professional development that includes exciting and engaging lessons and materials tied to state and national educational standards. By engaging students in real science, SATELLITES aims to increase student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers. Each year OhioView and various AmericaView partners conduct various summer institutes in Earth science and technology content, project-based learning, and student inquiry, based on the principles of SATELLITES. During each institute, teachers learn about remote sensing and model classroom lessons and activities, and develop an inquiry-based research project. SATELLITES supports field campaigns in association with GLOBE, a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program in which students develop and present inquiry-based research projects. As an example, Dr. Czajkowski has engaged K-12 teachers and students, in the SATELLITES Program, by utilizing surface temperature observations through a GLOBE collaboration.