Description of Satellite Missions:
CALIPSO and CloudSat are two satellite-based
research missions that will provide students globally
with a link to NASA research through their education
and outreach programs. Each of these satellites is
scheduled to be included in a formation of six satellites
known as the Afternoon Satellite Constellation, also
known as the "A-Train." The
satellites composing the A-Train will fly in close
proximity, providing combined detailed observations
about the condition of Earth, assisting scientists
with making predictions related to climate change.
CALIPSO and CloudSat will use remote sensing instruments
that are unique to their mission for data collection.
CloudSat will use radar and provide a global survey
of cloud properties to aid with improving cloud models
and the accuracy of weather forecasts. CALIPSO will
use lidar to detect size and distribution of aerosols
to improve our understanding of the role aerosols and
clouds play in Earth's climate system.
An educator workshop titled NASA Satellites Study Earth's Atmosphere: CALIPSO, CloudSat, And GLOBE (CCAG) is currently scheduled for July 9-15, 2006 in Hampton, Virginia. The workshop targets middle school educators who will work with the CALIPSO and CloudSat missions to involve students in collecting and reporting visual cloud observations and sunphotometer data at the GLOBE website. Each of these satellites is scheduled to be included in a formation of six satellites known as the Afternoon Satellite Constellation, or A-Train for short.
Accepted workshop participants who complete all assignments and participate fully in the workshop will be provided with:
A $300 stipend
Reimbursement up to $500 for airfare
Housing in a University Dormitory
All breakfasts, lunches and most dinners
A rental car for each group of 4 participants
All necessary materials and supplies needed for the workshop
An opportunity to receive 3 hours of graduate credit in science from Hampton University. Each participant must register and pay for this separately (Cost approx. $555) OR at no charge a letter certifying participation towards recertification points.
Teachers will receive GLOBE certification in atmospheric protocols
Each participant is required to:
Bring a lap-top with wireless capability
Attend ALL workshop sessions July 9-15 th, including evening activities and field trips associated with the workshop. A typical daily schedule runs 9am-5pm with some evening activities and field trips.
All participants must arrive by 5pm on July 9 th and stay until noon on July 15 th. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Develop an action plan that describes how they will
Incorporate lessons and activities learned at the workshop into their classroom
Host a staff development or regional workshop for their school or school system
Develop lessons that will be posted on the outreach website
- Use the GLOBE atmospheric protocols to collect and report cloud and aerosol data online
For More Information Contact:
Barbara H. Maggi, Outreach Director, Center for Atmospheric Sciences, Hampton University