Space Technology Computer Summer Camp1999

Environmental Problem Solving Using Computer Applications

 Sponsored by the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission (HMDC)

 

Day by Day Camp Itinerary

 

DAY I

Topic: Learning about the problem and problem definition; Group formation.

Standards Addressed:

    • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of claims, arguments, and data.
    • Evaluate the impact of personal and societal activities on the local and global environment.
    • Compare and contrast practices that affect the use and management of natural resources.

Information Provided:

    • Text with problem
    • Slide presentation
    • URL's of animals

Materials:

    • Text
    • Animal images
    • Site images

Skills Involved:

    • Word
    • Reading
    • Summarizing
    • Web searching
    • Public Speaking

Computer Skills Involved:

    • Windows Explorer
    • Microsoft Office Explorer/ Netscape

Deliverable: Presentation of group transparency stating the general problem. Photo of group members.

 

DAY II

Topic: How we use the Land

Standards Addressed:

    • Develop the ability of alternative problem- solving strategies.
    • Determine degrees of accuracy needed.
    • Describe components of system and how they influence one another.
    • Access the risks and benefits associated with alternative actions.
    • Understand and use the rectangular coordinate system.

Information Provided:

    • Images of the most typical land uses of the district
    • URL zoning
    • List of land use types

Materials:

    • 12 x 26 maps of the district
    • 12 x 26 transparencies (will have guide)
    • Ruler- yardstick
    • Tape

Skills Involved:

    • Reading
    • Web surfing
    • Downloading images and formatting (creating and labeling a rectangular grid)
    • Public speaking

Computer Skills Involved:

    • Microsoft Word

Deliverable:

    • 19 x 26 transparency with land uses of the district
    • List of land uses
    • Coordinates for selected sites
    • Presentation of land use map

*Note: Students should take home field trip permission slip to be signed by parent(s).

 

DAY III

Topic: Field trip to HMDC.

Click here for: last year's field trip

*Note: Students should be wearing sneakers or other comfortable shoes, pants, light long sleeved shirts, a hat, or other such attire appropriate for the outdoors.

 

DAY IV

Topic: How we use satellite images to observe the surface of the earth.

Standards Addressed:

    • Read and interpret various scales.
    • Use graphing programs to organize and display information.
    • Describe the various forms of energy, including heat, light, sound, chemical, nuclear, mechanical and electrical and how they transform from one to another.
    • Select the appropriate instrument (image) based on the degree of precision.
    • Explain that the sun is a major source of the earth's energy and that energy is emitted in various forms including visible light, infrared, and ultraviolet radiation.
    • Show how light s reflected, refracted, or absorbed when it interacts with matter and how colors appear as a result of this interaction.
    • Understand and use the rectangular coordinate system.

Information Provided:

    • Magnetic spectrum
    • Reflected light
    • Satellite images at different resolutions

Materials:

    • Examples of satellite images (AVHRR, landsat, orthophoto)
    • Quadricle at different sizes
    • Photo of known object

Skills Involved:

    • Power Point
    • Web surfing
    • Download images
    • Read a graph
    • Public Speaking

Computer skills Involved:

    • Microsoft Word
    • Internet
    • Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Deliverable: Presentation of group work on image resolution and information.

 

DAY V

Topic: Determining open spaces from land use map.

Standards Addressed:

    • Reflect on and clarify thinking so as to present convincing arguments for the conclusion.
    • Develop alternative problem solving strategies.
    • Use discovery-oriented, inquiry based, and problem- centered approaches to understand mathematical content.
    • Investigate, explore, and describe geometry in nature and real world applications.
    • Understand and use the rectangular coordinate system.

Information Provided:

    • Satellite images with open spaces, developed land, open water, river, and roads
    • Table with number of pixels per land use type

Materials:

    • Transparencies of land use cover

Skills Involved:

    • Graphing
    • Spread Sheets
    • Power Point
    • Public Speaking

Computer Skills Involved:

    • Microsoft Power Point

Deliverables:

    • Presentation of map of open space with graph of number of pixels per land use.

 

DAY VI:

Topic: Determining vegetation from landsat images.

Standards Addressed:

    • Use graphing programs to organize and display information.
    • Relate two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometry using shadows, perspectives, projections, and maps.
    • Analyze functional relationships to explain how a change in one quantity results in a change in another.
    • Find the mean and median of experimental data.
    • Explain that the sun is a major source of the earth's energy and that energy is emitted in various forms including visible light, infrared, and ultraviolet radiation.
    • Compare and contrast practices that affect the use and management of natural resources.

Information Provided:

    • Landsat image
    • Vegetated areas of landsat image table with number of pixels that are vegetated versus non-vegetated

Materials:

    • Transparencies with satellite vegetation information

Skills Involved:

    • Graphing
    • Spread Sheets
    • Public Speaking

Computer Skills Involved:

    • Microsoft Power Point
    • Chart making in Microsoft Excel

Deliverable: Presentation of map of vegetation in district.

 

DAY VII:

Topic: Determine area of open vegetated spaces within the urban matrix.

Standards Addressed:

    • Use graphing programs to organize and display information.
    • Relate two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometry using shadows, perspectives, projections, and maps.
    • Analyze functional relationships to explain how a change in one quantity results in a change in another.
    • Find the mean and median of experimental data.
    • Explain that the sun is a major source of the earth's energy and that energy is emitted in various forms including visible light, infrared, and ultraviolet radiation.
    • Compare and contrast practices that affect the use and management of natural resources.

Information Provided:

    • Images of open spaces
    • Images of vegetation

Materials:

    • Transparencies of open spaces and vegetation

Skills Involved:

    • Graphing
    • Power Point
    • Word
    • Public Speaking

Computer Skills Involved:

    • Advanced Internet

Deliverable: Map of vegetated open spaces.

 

DAY VIII:

Topic: Map of animal corridors.

Rules:

    • Each open space area should connect to water, and to other open space areas.
    • Corridors cannot go over buildings.

Standards Addressed:

    • Develop, understand, and apply a variety of strategies for determining perimeter and area.
    • Analyze functional relationships to explain how a change in one quantity results in a change in another.
    • Explore the use of linear equations through the use of calculators, computers, and other technology.
    • Assess the risks and benefits associated with alternative actions.
    • Find the mean and median of experimental data.

Information Provided:

    • High resolution map
    • Landsat image

Materials:

    • Transparencies

Skills Involved:

    • Word
    • Spread Sheets
    • Power Point
    • Public Speaking

Computer Skills Involved:

    • Advanced Presentation Skills

Deliverable: Presentation of corridor network.

  

DAY IX:

Topic: Develop Power Point Presentation.

Standards Addressed:

    • Reflect on and clarify thinking so as to present convincing arguments for the conclusion.
    • Read and interpret various scales including those based on number lines and maps.
    • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of claims, arguments, and data.
    • Assess the risks and benefits associated with alternative actions.
    • Describe the components of a system and how they influence one another.

Information Provided:

    • All camp images and text

Materials:

    • Power Point/ PC

Skills Involved:

    • Power Point
    • Public Speaking

Deliverable: Power Point ppt.

 

DAY X:

Topic: Create poster and finish presentation.

Standards Addressed:

    • Reflect on and clarify thinking so as to present convincing arguments for the conclusion.
    • Read and interpret various scales including those based on number lines and maps.
    • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of claims, arguments, and data.
    • Assess the risks and benefits associated with alternative actions.
    • Describe the components of a system and how they influence one another.

Information Provided:

    • Camp images and maps.

Materials:

    • Board
    • Pens
    • Pins
    • Images

Skills Involved:

    • Public speaking
    • Organization of thoughts

Deliverable: Final presentation and poster.

 

Presentation Outline:

    • Presentation title
    • Group name and names of participants
    • Problem definition
    • Images of open spaces
    • Open spaces and vegetation
    • Isolated open spaces
    • Why corridors
    • Proposed corridors
    • Conclusions
    • For more information on the Presentation Outline (click here)

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