Teaches Science Concepts To Children
virtual pigeon is helping teach children the concepts of Earth science
might call it a birdbrain idea, but a new educational resource is teaching
children the concepts of Earth
with the help of an avian navigator: a New York City pigeon.
Adventures of Amelia the Pigeon" project is an interactive Web site with
supporting lesson plans and hands-on
to illustrate science concepts to children in grades K-4. The animated
adventure, developed by NASA, engages
in a story-based scenario that emphasizes concepts of remote sensing. Children
are taught how NASA scientists
satellite imagery to better understand the Earth's environmental changes.
use of satellite imagery is an essential tool in NASA's studies in Earth
science," says Ginger Butcher, education
for the Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics at NASA Goddard Space Flight
Center and creator of the Amelia the
project. "NASA imagery will inspire our next generation of scientists at
these early grades, when children form their
site introduces students to Earth science concepts, beginning with classifying
objects by shape, color and texture,
a foundation for interpretation and understanding of remote sensing. The
Pigeon Adventure encourages the
of a child's inquiry skills via online explorations, sequential storytelling
and hands-on investigations.
Pigeon Adventure is based in New York City, chosen for its size, diversity
and the visibility of prominent features in
imagery. There are also supplemental classroom materials linked to geography
and National Science standards,
enable educators to introduce concepts through hands-on activities in the
the Pigeon is the second installment of the IMAGERS (Interactive Multimedia
Adventures for Grade-school
using Remote Sensing) program. It follows the success of Echo the Bat,
a Web site designed to teach the
of light and the electromagnetic spectrum as a foundation for remote sensing.
To learn more about the
program, visit the Web site at http://imagers.gsfc.nasa.gov.