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Summary: 1998 Project for 25 Classrooms
Every participating class will research a bat in their environment. If there are no bats in their area, the class may choose a bat that they would like to study. Students will write reports, draw pictures, poems, and stories about bats. The work will be published on a separate webpage for each class. Work will be submitted by e-mail and illustrations may be transfered electronically or snail mailed to be scanned. The class URL or e-mail address will be posted on the page. http://www.kids-learn.org/stellaluna/
The IMAGERS (Interactive Multimedia Adventures for Grade School Education Using Remote Sensing) Program is NASA's comprehensive Earth science education resource for the introduction of remote sensing and satellite imagery to children in grades K-8.
"Echo the Bat" and "Amelia the Pigeon" encompass two major components: (1) an interactive web site with a multimedia adventure game; and (2) an activity guide with lesson plans and reproducible hands-on activities. The interactive web sites are meant to engage children, while the supplemental materials enable educators to introduce the concepts through hands-on activities in the classroom. Applying this methodology, parents and teachers are able to teach Earth science using remote sensing imagery via identification of land use, exploration of featured habitats, and changes in the environment.
"The Adventures of Echo the Bat", developed in 1998, was the inaugural project of the IMAGERS Program. The web site follows Echo as he migrates through various habitats in Arizona and teaches students the "understanding of light" and the "electromagnetic spectrum" as a foundation for remote sensing. The Adventure offers a directed and investigative approach to how land features look from space, what the colors mean in a satellite image, and how to identify habitats using false color.
Following the success of the web site, an Echo the Bat picture book was released in 2001. The book tells the story of Echo?s adventure in Arizona to children grades K-4, through the introduction of the five basic concepts of understanding satellite imagery: perspective, shape, pattern, color, and texture. The book also contains an activity guide, which reinforces these concepts with hands-on activities for the classroom.