A SATELLITE IN THE CLASSROOM
A SATELLITE IN CLASSROOM
The goal of this program is to expose elementary school children to real and working space technology in order to inspire awe and wonder, to wake up the engineer and scientist in them and to show them that this is something they can do, since early age.
The means of this program is to connect a computer in a classroom with orbiting meteorological satellites in real time to download images and teach them how to decode them.
It is based on the successful Ecuadorian Space Agency’s program of the same name, now 8 years old, with proven results that have been published in past IACs and indexed journals.
Average results shows up to 70% increase in STEM subject grades such as mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, which historically have shown poor results.
When a student with a record of low grades in STEM subjects suddenly achieves excellence in them, the result is empowerment, belief in oneself.
How it Works?
Is a System dedicated to relay the signal of meteorological satellites to any computer via Internet, downloading images in real time.
It is designed to be completely automated for downloading and processing pictures in up to 30 different enhancements
The influence target of the program is to have at least 20 schools in the LAC region in the first year.
Each school will have the service secured for at least 2 years.
The cost of the 2-year service is US$15.000,oo
The program is open for any elementary school in the LAC region.
The only hardware the school needs is a computer and an Internet connection.
To apply, the school only needs to enter its project profile in How to Join A Satellite in the Classroom program.
The applying schools that have low incomes will enter in the sponsorship program.
The idea is that each school will have an sponsor or ‘godfather’ that pays for the service, so the school do not have to.
To be eligible for the sponsorship, the school must demonstrate that they have the merits and a responsible and interested teacher as POC (Point of Contact).
Each sponsored school will need to submit grades and progress reports every 3 months to monitor the effectiveness of the program.
This program is possible thanks to the EXA which is delivering the HERMES-Delta signal at a very accessible fee while allows it to cover operational costs only.