MEDIA ADVISORY: August 12-14
High school students study global issues
via GIS software, satellites
FOX-11 meteorologist to keynote
Cal State L.A.’s Satellites & Education
Los Angeles, CA –
Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping software and
satellite data, six Los Angeles high school students will join
like-minded peers from around the world to pose and present solutions to
global concerns at the Satellites & Education Conference XXIII.
Hosted at Cal State L.A. for the ninth year in a row, the
three-day conference – Aug. 12-14 – showcases new ways for
educators to help K-12 and college students appreciate the complex
interrelationships among science, technology, individuals, societies and
As a project of the conference, the Los Angeles teens connected
virtually with other students from as far away as China, England,
Florida and New Jersey to learn how to use the GIS software and to build
micro-satellite sensors. They also studied ocean temperature’s effects
on coral reefs and local marine mammals by analyzing the satellite data
provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The students
will be giving a presentation on Friday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m., in King Hall
C2091, on the CSULA campus.
This year, students from Puerto Rico (Friday morning) and Australia
(Friday afternoon) will also report via Skype on their micro-satellite
sensors and their satellite data collection.
Friday morning at 9 a.m., meteorologist Rick Dickert will present an
opening keynote speech at the Golden Eagle Ballroom on the CSULA campus.
Dickert provides the weather, traffic and breaking news from SkyFox
during the FOX-11 Morning News and Good Day L.A.
Dickert, who received a degree in geography, studied meteorology at San
Jose State and UCLA. He was elected a full member of the American
Meteorological Society (AMS) in 1994 and is president of their local
chapter. In May of 2005, he was the first weathercaster in Los Angeles
to be awarded the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal by
The NOAA-cosponsored conference will include sessions covering topics,
such as “Cooperative Remote Sensing Science,” “Satellites in Orbit,”
“Climate Change Education,” “Survival in a Galactic Wilderness,” “NASA
ArctiQuest Expeditions,” “Tracking Gulf Oil Spill” and much more.
For the complete program and more information, go to
www.SatED.org(click on “Conferences”).
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