1. Earth Science Data Systems (ESDS) Program
  2. Competitive Programs
  3. REASoN Projects
  4. Project 3D-VIEW (Virtual Interactive Environmental Worlds)

Project 3D-VIEW (Virtual Interactive Environmental Worlds)

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Project 3D-VIEW combines NASA mission earth data and three types of 3D learning technologies in a comprehensive curriculum-based program for student explorers using exciting 3D-viewers and the internet. The Project is designed primarily for Grades 5/6, and will create a virtual telepresence for students in each of the “spheres” of earth science [biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere]. Additionally, a module on global climate change introducing earth systems may be used with experienced students. A goal of the project is for students to become experts in life, land, water and air systems and to be prepared for earth system science topics and courses and science-based decision making in high school and beyond. Using simple web interfaces on PC or Macintosh, students will explore, create, manipulate and navigate 3D VRML [Virtual Reality] views. The three basic components of the Project 3d-VIEW classroom program are:

  • Hands-on, constructivist activities and content instruction including math
  • Image interpretation and visualization manipulation of earth and digital elevation data combined with each sphere
  • Local and broad-based authentic explorations and scenarios coupled with student research and analysis and scientist feedback.

Technology Options, each deliver the same content. Options range from 3D-glasses and a computer screen to the compelling "VIEW-Wall" where two projectors display 3D, immersive environments and fly-overs on an 8-foot screen in the classroom or computer lab. Networked software will allow students to meet scientists online escorting them through 3D-views. Teacher professional development through synchronous, online webcasts with follow-up will be delivered and certify over 1200 teachers. Planned partnerships include large urban school districts, Stanford University and National Geographic. A Student Achievement Program will be implemented for mathematics and science. Curricular activities developed will meet standards in 50 states.

Glen Schuster, PI, US Satellite Laboratory


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