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Planetary Data in Learning Environments
A Community Workshop
Monday, August 1, 2005

Planetary Data in Student Data Collection

Workshop Goals

  • Increase awareness of the range of Earth and planetary science programs, tools, and data resources that exist, from which to draw experiences, and with which to make connections
  • Build knowledge about key features of a successful PDE program
  • Reflect on a specific application of best practices in the design or implementation of a new program or improvement of an existing program


Planetary Data in Student Data Collection/Comparison (Jessica Robin)

  • You will host 2 45-minute sessions.
  • Identify a scribe who will stay for both sessions. The organizers will help make this happen.
  • For the 2 nd session, please make the new group familiar with the prior discussion so that the conversation can continue to evolve.

Possible guiding questions

  • What are the program goals with respect to data use?
  • What data are used? How are they used?
  • What is the evidence of success?
  • What elements of development and implementation made the program successful?
  • What obstacles occurred and how were they overcome?
  • What are the participant's experiences with these aspects for their own programs?
  • What exemplary resources and programs exist?
  • What research exists / is needed with respect to this topic?
  • What are the needs of this particular community group?

Round Table Report-out (facilitator)

  • What are the major guiding principles for creating a successful program?
  • What are common obstacles and possible solutions?
  • What existing needs were identified?
  • What are the priorities for this community group?
  • How can the PDE Initiative assist?

Student Data Collection and Comparison (notes)

Brief description of GLOBE
  • Student collection of data and served to program for all to see.
  • Students can use data for own research
  • GLOBE goals –
  • Student Data used by PI in various missions – Landsat, AVHRR, GOES, Terra, etc
  • Scientists using student data to publish – large number
  • Training w/ scientist involvement
  • Obstacles – accuracy of data & insufficient data, restriction of state curriculum, research too complex for students in some cases


  • Radio astronomy – research structured by PI - Jupiter, Uranus, quasars
  • Training for teachers provided
  • PIs publish
  • National program
  • Eval of student interest and involvement
  • Public schools not necessarily receptive
  • ~ 200 schools
  • DOD recognized
  • Interaction w/ scientists
Center for Image Processing in Education
  • Train teachers in use of image processing
  • Ocean science as hook for technology
  • 71 teachers in first cohort (120 contact hours per year)
  • Understanding by design
  • Education research based
  • National/local Standards are an issue
  • Want to localize investigations vs data availability
  • Students analyze publish data and publish as science conferences

DePaul U. Computer Science

  • Make data more accessible
  • Using MOLA data, need to make more accessible, massage data w/o using expensive, difficult software and need for large server requirements
  • Students primary users

Spitzer Science telescope

  • Similar issues to GAVRT (sorry for shortening this, but it is similar)


  • Make data more accessible for teachers and students — special applications to process data is a barrier
  • Difference between students collecting data primarily for science or primarily for learning — in both cases learning occurs
  • Training critical to all success — especially if special equipment or protocols are required
  • Funding — for program and schools
  • Educational standards


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