Summer SAVY 2015 (Week 3, Day 3) – Spatial Smarts (Rising 6th/7th)
Today we learned about remote sensing or “the acquisition of information about an object or phenomenon without making physical contact with the object.” We focused on the types of data collected by satellites and planes. We explored the electromagnetic spectrum and discussed the types of questions that can be answered as the wavelength of light changes (gamma, x-ray, UV, visible, infrared, microwaves, radiowaves). The students learned that satellites are used to measure temperature, analyze vegetation health, study environmental and social change, map weather, and understand changing climate. In the afternoon, the students explored the far reaches of the Earth (and beyond!) using Google Earth. The students learned how to use ArcGIS Online and began to make their own maps. At the end of the day, teams of students were presented with THE GRAND CHALLENGE. Each team must decide where to locate the base station of a space elevator. I have given teams shared criteria (elevation, low population density, etc.) and additional criteria based on their expertise (environment, health and society, infrastructure). The teams will create maps using ArcGIS Online which will support their arguments in defense of their choice for the location of the base station.