Sunday, 9 January 2005
CLOUDSAT EDUCATION NETWORK
The CloudSat Education Network aims to be a network of approximately 100 schools around the world recruited to provide additional data to CloudSat scientists related to the mission scientific goals, along with data from the GLOBE Program. In return for providing scientist-requested data, students benefit from interaction with mission scientists, special web and hard copy activities, web chats and other benefits. Students and teachers design the ground-based experiments after receiving requests for certain types of data from CloudSat scientists. The best benefit of all is the interaction with other students and teachers from other cultures who share common interests in the environment and Earth's atmosphere. While supporting actual NASA mission scientists is exciting for the students, the CloudSat Education Network seeks to go far beyond this goal by providing a rewarding educational experience for the students that provides them with scientific content, experience with inquiry and international contacts. Currently schools in Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia, Oceania and the United States are participating. While targeted areas for additional schools will be based partially on geographic need of data as indicated by the scientists, the network will recruit and welcome schools across the world committed to the goals of the network.