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For Release: April 18,2001

Sally V. Harrington
Media Relations Office

Students Study Earth from Space

Hundreds of students across the country will have an opportunity to study the Earth using images from space during an Earth Day distance-learning program hosted by NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH.

On Friday, April 20, at 10:30 a.m. EDT an interactive lesson utilizing Landsat 7 images video streamed over the Internet will be available to registered 6th through 12th grade students in Ohio. The students will interact with an instructor located at Glenn. At 2:30 p.m. EDT a similar program will be presented to 6th through 12th grade students of the Choctaw Nation in southeast Oklahoma.

On Saturday, April 2l, at noon EDT the lesson will be provided to 7th and 8th grade SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy) students nationwide. SEMAA provides a greater appreciation for science, engineering and mathematics to K-12th grade students in a hands-on, inquiry-based, cooperative learning environment Saturday mornings during the academic year.

The participants in the lessons will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of looking at the Earth from space and be introduced to remote sensing. They will also learn about the types of classes to take in high school to prepare for college and a career in remote sensing.

From a web site established for the program, registered students will be able to download, information and images that will be included in the lesson. In some cases the students will be referred to other web sites to get maps or images. Prior to the program, students will answer questions related to an image of Glenn taken from space and e-mail their answers to the Earth Day Program manager at Glenn. During the lesson, the Glenn image along with others will be interpreted. A Landsat image of Ohio will be used with the Ohio students and one of southeast Oklahoma with the Choctaw students.


Note to Editors and News Directors:Media representatives interested in this program are welcome to observe it at Glenn, at participating schools in Ohio and Oklahoma or at the SEMAA sites. To arrange for clearance through Security at Glenn or for more information about the program, please contact Sally Harrington at 216/433-2037 or the Media Relations Office at 216/433-2901. To arrange for coverage at a school in Oklahoma, please contact Joy Culbreath (Ext. 2308) or Wayne Coston (Ext. 5163) at 1-800/522-6170. SEMAA sites should be contacted directly. A list of the Oklahoma schools and SEMAA sites participating in this program follows.

Participating Schools in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Antlers Atoka Bennington Broken Bow Caddo
Caney Coalgate Durant Hartshorne Hugo
Idabel McAlester Pocola Rattan Rock Creek
Spiro Stigler Talihina Wilburton

Participating SEMAA Sites
Atlanta SEEMA
Fernbank Science Center
156 Heaton Park Drive
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 378-4708
Baltimore SEMAA
Morgan State University
Montevello Complex, C108
1700 E. Coldspring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251
(443) 885-3304
Washington, DC SEMAA
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 274-7461
Cleveland SEMAA
Cuyahoga Community College
3740 Carnegie Avenue, 224
Cleveland, OH 44115
St. Louis SEMAA
St. Louis Public Schools
801 North 11th Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 535-4401


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