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02-031
For Release: April 25, 2002

Sally V. Harrington
Media Relations Office
216/433-2037
Sally.V.Harrington@nasa.gov


An Earth Week Lesson With Images From Space

In celebration of Earth Week 2002, hundreds of students across the country will be participating in a distance-learning program, Observing Earth from Space, hosted by NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland using images of Earth taken from a satellite.

On Friday, April 26, at 1 p.m. EDT, an interactive lesson, utilizing LANDSAT-7 images video-streamed over the Internet, will be distributed to preregistered students in grades K-12. During the webcast, students across the country will interact with scientists from University of Toledo and Miami University, who will be located at Glenn.

On Saturday, April 27, at noon EDT, SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy) students nationwide in grades 7 through 9 will participate in a similar webcast. During this webcast, SEMAA students will interact with scientists from the Ohio State University, Miami University, and Kent State University. SEMAA provides a greater appreciation for science, engineering and mathematics to K-12 grade students in a hands-on, inquiry-based, cooperative learning environment Saturday mornings during the academic year.

In both webcasts the students and their teachers will learn how NASA satellites observe Earth from space and what kind of remote sensing research is currently being done. Students and teachers will also be introduced to a "user-friendly" web page that can be used in the classroom.

The students involved on Friday have been working on a "Students as Scientists" project involving verifying information about the climate conditions in their area against that data being reported by earth observing satellites over the past two winter. During the webcast they will hear what was learned through their observations. They will be invited to participate in a similar program in the fall. On Saturday, the students will observe the student audience at Glenn participate in two experiments utilizing remote sensing.

Note to Editors and News Directors: Media representatives interested in this program are welcome to observe it at Glenn, at participating schools or at the SEMAA sites. To arrange for clearance through Security at Glenn or for more information about the program, please contact Sally Harrington or the Media Relations Office at (216) 433-2901. To arrange for coverage at a school or SEMAA site, please contact the school directly. A list of the schools and SEMAA sites participating in this program follows.

SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING ON FRIDAY, APRIL 26

Arizona
Springerville - 4 Winds

California
Redlands - Redlands East Valley High School
San Bernadino - Cal State University
Santa Clara - Wilcox School

Canada
Toronto - University of Toronto

Colorado
Arvada - Warren Tech
Golden - Jefferson County Schools
Golden - Jeffco Net Academy

Delaware
Middletown - Louis L. Redding

Idaho
Boise - Centennial High School

Illinois
Hanover Park - Horizon Elementary
Elgin - Lords Park School

Indiana
Brownsburg - Challenger Learning Cente

Kansas
Lawrence - University of Kansas
Louisiana
Baton Rouge - Challenger Learning Center

Maine
Augusta - Hodgkins Middle School
Bath - Morse High School
Van Buren - Van Buren District Secondary School
Maryland
Baltimore - Southeast Middle School
Columbia - Atholton Elementary School
Greenbelt - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Millersville - Old Mill Senior High School
Randallstown - Deer Park Middle School
Massachusetts
Springfield - Science and Technology School

Michigan
Bergland - Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District
Croswell - Croswell-Lexington High School
Dearborn - Bryant Middle School
Grosse Pointe Park - Pierce Middle School
Waterford - Haviland Elementary School
West Bloomfield - West Bloomfield High School

Minnesota
Proctor - Proctor Junior High

Mississippi
Starkville - Armstrong Middle School
Stennis Space Center

Montana
Missoula - University of Montana

Nebraska
Omaha - University of Nebraska - Omaha

New Jersey
Moorestown - Upper Elementary
Perth Amboy - A. V. Ceres School
Woodstown - Regional Day School

New Mexico
Albuquerque - Governor Bent Elementary
Albuquerque - Harrison Middle School
Albuquerque - Lavaland Elementary
Albuquerque - La Luz Elementary
Albuquerque - Alalmosa Elementary
Rio Rancho - Puesta del Sol Elementary

New York
Barker - Barker Central
Hamburg - Hopevale School
Johnstown - Fulton Montgomery Community College
Lockport - North Park Middle School
Orchard Park - Orchard Park CSD
Oceanside - School 4

North Carolina
Elizabeth City - Elizabeth City State University

Ohio
Cleveland - Sunbeam Elementary School
Cincinnati - Taft Information Technology High School
Hamler - Patrick Henry Middle School
Massillon - Jackson High School
Middleburg Heights - Polaris Career Center
Milford - St. Andrew Middle School
Minster - Minster igh School
Oregon - Clay High School
Pemberville - Eastwood Middle School
South Euclid - Adrian School
Sylvania - St. Joseph School
Tallmage - Dunbar Primary School
Toledo - Ottawa Hills Elementary School
Toledo - Regina Coeli
Toledo - St. Ursula Academy
Toledo - Toledo Academy of Learning
Westerville - Walnut Springs Middle School
Wickliffe - Lubrizol University
Xenia - Warner Middle School

Pennsylvania
Claysburg - Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary
Drexel - Drexel Hill Middle School
Narberth - Welsh Valley Middle School
Pittsburgh - Ingomar Middle School
Pittsburgh - Keystone Oaks High School

South Dakota
Mission - Todd County School District
Utah
Salt Lake City - Bryant Middle School
Vermont
Woodstock - Vermont Institute of Natural Science

Virginia
Annadale - Columbia Elementary
Arlington - Woodlawn Elementary
Herndon - Herndon Elementary School
Springfield - Springfield Estates Elementary

West Virginia
Wellsburg - Wellsburg Middle School
Wheeling - Challenger Learning Center

SEMAA SITES PARTICIPATING ON SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Atlanta, GA - Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta
Kirkland, OH - Lakeland Community College in Kirkland
Warrenton, NC - Warren County High School

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