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Bringing satellite imagery into the classroom

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Google Maps and Google Earth have triggered an explosion of interest in our planet's land, sea and atmosphere.

Thanks to a partnership with the University of Bonn, we've launched Spatial Science for Schools - new tutorials that aim to bring this enthusiasm into the classroom by improving pupils' understanding of remote sensing images of satellite and aerial photography.

Inspiring the new generation

Spatial Science for Schools is the latest addition to Landmap's popular Learning Zone. The tutorials help students apply their digital skills to a range of educational scenarios, from drawing conclusions about the Haiti earthquake crisis to understanding map coordinates. Gail Millin-Chalabi, GeoKnowledge Project Manager, explains:

"The tutorials in Spatial Science for Schools provide an integrated approach for embedding images of the Earth for topics such as tsunamis, earthquakes, species extinction, floods, atmospheric circulation and contrast enhancement of images. Part of the Landmap vision is to educate the new generation regarding the use of remote sensing so that they are better informed of the application opportunities available to them. "

 The tutorials are aimed at 9 – 18 year old pupils, and encourage them to develop skills in topics such as interpreting satellite and aerial photography.

Encouraging science in schools

We want to encourage the use of remote sensing by teachers in geography, biology, mathematics, geomatics and physics lessons, and many of the materials directly support the national curriculum.

The interactive tutorials include exercises and quizzes alongside a wide range of materials and data to bring subjects to life and make lessons more fun. For example, pupils can access:

  • Satellite images
  • Weather maps
  • Aerial photographs
  • Animations
  • Google Earth KMZ files

Kamie Kitmitto Landmap Manager says:

"Landmap is hosting this website to contribute to the UK government agenda to promote science and technology in schools. The tutorials offer a range of possibilities for teachers to encourage pupils' interest in natural sciences, mathematics or engineering through the use of fascinating satellite images."

A European partnership

The original tutorials were developed as part of the Fernerkundung in Schulen (FIS) Project at the University of Bonn, and are funded by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

We're pleased to bring these materials to the UK, and make them available via our Landmap Service. If you would like to know more about Spatial Science for Schools, please contact us.

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