Hands-on GPS and Remote Sensing Training for High School Learners During IGARSS 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa

ECSU Author/Contributor (non-ECSU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Linda Bailey Hayden, Director of Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (Creator)
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU )
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Abstract: Continuing the commitment of the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) to education and outreach, the IEEE 2009 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) conference in Cape Town, South Africa provided an opportunity for over 400 local high school students to engage in hands-on GPS training and remote sensing workshops. Mafeteng Schools Environment Network (MSEN) and the Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organization (SHAWCO) worked with the University of Cape Town in identifying the student learners, who had an average age of 17.7 years and came from socio-economically challenged populations in areas surrounding Cape Town. Activities included a remote sensing art workshop, Mathematics of Remote Sensing team contest, and a scavenger hunt requiring students to ask questions of scientists and vendors. NOAA scientists led discussions and demonstrations of educational products to help build an understanding of the science of Earth’s systems and the stewardship of our planet. This paper details the e-o events and gives demographic information on the participants.

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Language: English
Date: 2010
Global Positioning System;remote sensing;Global Positioning System; hands-on GPS; remote sensing training; high school learners; IGARSS 2009; South Africa; Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society; IEEE 2009 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium; conference; Mafeteng Schools Environment Network;Students' Health and Welfare Centres Organization; University of Cape Town; socioeconomically challenged populations; remote sensing art workshop; Mathematics of Remote Sensing team contest; scavenger hunt; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists; Earth's systems; Global Positioning System; Remote sensing; Cities and towns; Conferences; Educational institutions; Satellites

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