We established a science educational program to introduce high, middle school students and interested teachers to remote sensing/GIS technologies for environmental studies. Educational materials produced for the project and selected images and data sets used were provided on an interactive CD. The distribution was limited to the schools in Indianapolis and its surrounding areas. A web interface was created to allow the materials developed for this city to be extend to other interested schools around the nation. Around ten teachers and students were brought to ISU during the spring breaks for three-day training in the basics of remote sensing, image analysis, and GIS. Laboratory exercises were specifically developed for this purpose which included; accessing remotely sensed imagery, use and interpretation of satellite images, digital image processing and GIS analysis. Upon the completion of this training workshop, they were asked to fill out a questionnaire to evaluate the program, and it was found to be a success.

Urban Heat Islands Reserach Project of National Science Foundation (BCS-0521734)     09/2005