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Remote Mapping Science
Fifteen contact hours

Brief Description  Team-build kite borne systems to photograph local terrain and then interpret the results. Learn about air and satellite borne imaging systems including radar and how they are used to study the arctic. Develop a curriculum module of your own!

Remote Mapping Science course objective  The goals of this course are to introduce remote mapping to teachers as a method of studying science and developing skills of experimental observation. We will study the basic concepts of remote sensing using acoustical, photographic and radar technologies to map terrain and learn how to inerpret the resulting data and produce useful maps.

  • Instructor will develop and deliver Alaska aerospace-related curriculum topics for K-12 teachers in one-credit hour modules.
  • For five of the fifteen contact hours students will participate in hands-on instruction activities.
  • Final grade will be based on development of appropriate curriculum elements that teachers can use in their own classrooms.
Course content syllabus
Day 1 (3 hours)
  • Describe grading system: student's grades will be based on curriculum elements that they develop for their own use.
  • Introduce principles of remote sensing technologies such as acoustical, photographic and radar.
  • Discuss synthetic aperature radar mapping systems as used on spacecraft to study Venus and Earth.
  • Carry out contour map excercise for line-of-sight radio antenna system.
Day 2 (3 hours)
  • Finding true north by shadow casting. Discuss latitude, longitude and time.
  • Hand out photocopies of kite borne aerial photography systems.
  • Ten minute video of computer simulation of 747 aircraft flying into volcanic ash cloud from Mt. Redoubt, Alaska. Continue to next page...

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