those unfamiliar with the technical aspects of ETE, we have designed
two special modules that focus only on technical skills. "Mars
Landing" and "Strangers in Paradise" provide
fascinating training contexts for learning NIH Image Processing
software and remote-sensing imagery. These modules are not problem-based.
However, "Weather or Not" and "Severe Weather
Events--Hurricanes," which are also good for building technical
skills, are problem-based and include use of the Internet. We suggest
that you start out new ETE students on one or more of these four
Students imagine they are astronauts aboard a spaceship that has
been orbiting Mars. They are now preparing to land safely by studying
Viking Images of the Mars landscape. Students use tools in the application
NIH Image to locate an appropriate landing site.
Students imagine they are tourists finding their way around the
island of Hawaii. They use measuring tools in the application NIH
Image to calculate distances between sightseeing stops and to make
inferences about a volcanic crater.
which is about predicting the weather, may have importance to students
involved in scheduled outdoor activities such as soccer games, football
games, or parades. Students down load weather images taken by satellites
just hours before, interpret the images, and make local forecasts.
may be interesting to students whose schools are situated along
coastlines where hurricanes often hit. Students learn to interpret
a series of remote-sensing images from NOAA weather satellite so
they can track and predict landfall of the next hurricane.
These four modules have
gold and blue puzzle piece colors on the main puzzle page in Modules