NASA Grant: Remote Sensing For All
With support from our newest five-year NASA grant, Pipeline for Remote Sensing Education and Application (PRSEA), we’re building a bridge to careers in remote sensing and other STEM fields starting in third grade and continuing through adulthood. We’ll introduce remote sensing – the science of obtaining information about distant objects or areas (typically from aircraft or satellites) – to 2,000 children in grades 3-5 through a hands-on out-of-school program. During summers, 180 youth in grades 6-8 will learn about remote sensing and NASA’s role in this field through an intensive camp program. And at the high school level, a diverse team of 38 teens, from groups underrepresented in STEM fields, will study remote sensing, intern in local labs and help staff a remote sensing-themed Discovery Cart on Pacific Science Center’s exhibit floor – engaging 10,000 guests of all ages in activities around remote sensing and global climate change.
“We got the chance to do what NASA engineers do when they control Mars rovers,” wrote Neishaun W., a Discovery Corps teen, in a paper titled, Prototyping: GPS, Radar and Rovers Oh My! The hands-on activity she prototyped highlighted the engineering challenges involved in completing tasks remotely. “I know campers will love the activities and develop an even stronger passion for science and engineering.”