GLOBE Mission EARTH hosts NASA SEES (STEM Enhancement in Earth Science) UHIE (Urban Heat Island Effect) Group during Summer 2021
GLOBE Mission EARTH hosted the NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE) Group during June and July 2021. A total of 6 high school students joined the group as part of their highly-competitive NASA SEES Internship, and 3 teachers from the state of Ohio joined the group via funding through OhioView (www.ohioview.org). Throughout the totally virtual course, participants learned: the science of the UHIE; how to collect surface temperature, air temperature and clouds data around their immediate environment via the GLOBE Program’s observation protocols; how to visualize that data within the GLOBE system and via ArcGIS Online mapping; and analysis of thermal satellite imagery utilizing Multispec and QGIS software. Participants also utilized Lucidchart to construct conceptual models of their research process, and ArcGIS Online Storymaps to tell the narrative of their projects. Students presented their final research projects for the NASA SEES Symposium. Teachers also conducted final projects in the form of proposals to implement their new skills into their curricula for the upcoming school year. This course was a unique model combining both students and teachers, which allowed for many unexpected benefits to all participants. The course was conducted on two primary platforms: Google Classroom (to host the personal communications and submittal of assignments), and Google Sites (to host the course content): https://sites.google.com/view/sees-uhie-group/home.