On Wednesday 21, 2010 Matt Rogers an Atmospheric Scientist from Colorado State University joined Youth EXPO summer program students in-world in NASA Island. He delivered a presentation on the CloudSat mission and answered students’ questions about careers in Atmospheric Science. He blogged about it here. His post was featured on NASA’s Global Climate Change web page.
NASA Climate Blog
The participant selection process for the Youth EXPO Summer Design Studio is almost complete. There are many exciting experiences in store for participants this summer! We will be working with our in-world designer to fine-tune our new NASA island in Teen Second Life. Have you ever gotten your avatar ejected from a volcano? Well, this just so happens to be the best way to learn about how volcanoes contribute to the global climate. When you get a taste of this kind of travel, you are not going to want to stop there. Where to next, you ask? How about an overnight trip to Kennedy Space Center? Yup, we are going to camp beneath a rocket in one of NASA’s hangars, experience hands-on workshops, and meet scientists involved in climate research.
The Miami Science Museum has received a grant from NASA Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums for a new project, Youth EXPO: Youth Exploring the Potential of Virtual Worlds. Working closely with NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and NASA Learning Technologies and Goddard Space Flight Center, the project is developing an interactive simulation in the virtual world known as Second Life.
The simulation, titled EarthLab, will project information from NASA’s remote sensing data and climate model results onto a 3D image of the Earth. Virtual visitors will be able to control and manipulate variables as they conduct investigations into the cause and possible repercussions of climate change.
High school students from the Museum’s youth programs and MDCPS’s Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) will serve as evaluators and testers of the simulation. Once student feedback and recommendations have been incorporated into the simulation, EarthLab will be the centerpiece of a rigorous evaluation of participants’ increased knowledge of climate change, awareness of careers in climatology and the extent to which virtual world environments can support informal science learning.