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M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Teams Around the Globe

world map of M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. school locations CSULA Bell Gardens Palmyra Cove Merchantville Moorestown Medford Canterbury Xiamen Umlazi

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About M.Y. S.P.A.C.E.

Multinational Youth Studying Practical Applications of Climatic Events (M.Y. S.P.A.C.E.) Program is an international collaboration of students in grades 7-12 engaged in self-selected research projects on the local impact of global environmental issues. Students work with their own, trained teachers at their school sites using both locally generated and satellite-based remote-sensing data with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and industry partners. Teams from each school meet at the annual Satellites & Education Conference to discover global trends in their collective data and present their findings. Students learn and practice techniques of scientific investigation; methods of data processing, analysis and interpretation; teamwork and leadership; and effective communication. They work with NOAA and NASA scientists and engineers, experience university campus life, and can apply for special internships at selected university research centers such as the Center for Energy and Sustainability (CE&S), the Center for Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing (CSARS), and graduate research opportunities in Geosciences and Environment.

The M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. program has demonstrated a significant impact on the career goals of participating high school students. Surveys of the students conducted by their teachers before the students joined the program and by the conference at the conclusion of the program year clearly indicate decidedly increased interest in science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM) related careers. The results of surveys made of students in the 2011-2012 and the 2012-2013 program years are shown here.

Student Career Goals 2011-2013

Before M.Y. S.P.A.C.E.After M.Y. S.P.A.C.E.Growth
Career
Choices
STEM537+ 640%
Medical-Related710+ 43%
Non-STEM43- 25%
Undecided5016- 68%

The M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Program is an initiative of the Satellites & Education Conference and produced by the non-profit Satellite Educators Association (SEA). It is administered from the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. The program is supported by the U.S. Navy, NOAA, NASA, California State University, Los Angeles, and SEA membership.

For more information, please contact the Conference Coordinator at parveds@calstatela.edu or M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Program PI at SEA.Research@SatEd.org.

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Global Environmental Issues Investigated by the M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Team

Earth from space - NASA

The M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Team investigates local impacts of world-wide environmental issues. Data sets from local teams are brought together at the annual Satellites & Education Conference for analysis, to search for larger area trends and implications. Regardless of the specific research theme for the year, the progression of reports since 2002 reflects year to year global change. M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. research conclusions speak of the importance of the oceans to understanding and monitoring the health of the entire planet and the extraordinary interrelatedness of all of Earth's Systems. Participating students become engaged in an on-going dialogue of stewardship and planning for a healthier Earth.

Some annual research themes of the past:

2018Heat Island Effects (in progress)
2017Health and Climate Change
2016Land Cover/Land Use Change
2015Global Cryospheric Changes
2014Coastal Wind and Water Effects of Severs Storms
2013Environmental Impacts of Particulate Aerosols
2012Global Impacts of Ocean Temperature Changes
2011Hurricanes and Microbursts: Using Satellites to Understand, Predict, Recover
2008How Do Fluctuations in Ocean Temperatures Affect Coral Reef & Marine Life in General?
2007Impacts of Changing Oceans
2006Distribution of Earth's Energy Through the Oceans and Atmosphere
2005Energy, Climate, and Life on Earth
2004Hurricane Charley
2003Using GIS to Analyze Local Climatic Events
2002The Effect of Dust Storms on Climate in the Mediterranean

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Join the M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Research Collaborative

To join the M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Team...


Moodle for M.Y. S.P.A.C.E.

Moodle

The M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Program has selected Moodle to serve as a platform for online teacher-training and information exchange.

"Moodle is a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments. Moodle is built by the Moodle project which is led and coordinated by Moodle HQ, an Australian company of 30 developers which is financially supported by a network of 60 Moodle Partner service companies worldwide." (Source: Moodle Docs) Many school districts, colleges, universities, and others with an interest in online learning and educational support are implementing Moodle because of its versatility, ease of use, and no-cost price tag.

The Moodle for M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. "course" is available to Returning and Trained M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Teachers (categories are defined in Join the M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Research Collaborative above)

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California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Los Angeles

Cal State LA Charter College of Education Hosts M.Y. S.P.A.C.E.

Cal State LA hosts the Satellites & Education Conference and its K-12 global environmental research component, the M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. program and has done so since 2002. The annual conference and M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Meeting are headquartered in the Charter College of Education (CCOE) at Cal State LA with support from the College of Natural and Social Sciences and the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology. The College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology is home to the Center for Energy & Sustainability while the College of Natural and Social Sciences houses the Center for Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing (CSARS) lab and graduate studies in the geosciences.

"At Cal State L.A. it is believed that compassion and caring for one another are at the heart of what an education means.

"Founded in 1947, this University is committed to the well-being of the city and region and focused on becoming a powerful engine of social mobility. It is dedicated to providing an affordable, outstanding education to our students and ensuring that they leave Cal State L.A. with the expertise and accomplishments that will lead to further success.

"Cal State L.A.'s eight colleges are recognized for outstanding academic programs and professors who are renowned mentors and researchers. It was named by Washington Monthly as one of the top ten master's universities in the nation for our contribution to the public good. This exceptional honor is based on graduation rates, public service by the students, and research funding that supports transformative faculty scholarship.

"In addition, The Princeton Review has recognized Cal State L.A. for having one of the finest MBA programs in the country. The National Science Foundation has ranked this University as the top supplier of Latino science and engineering Ph.D. recipients among all undergraduate and master's degree universities in the continental United States." - William A. Covino, President

The Satellite Educators Association is pleased to be associated with and supported by such an excellent university.

For more information, visit the Cal State LA web site.

Satellites & Education Conference Coordinator:
Paula Arvedson, Ph.D. - Cal State LA CCOE

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California State University, Los Angeles

Cal State LA


Los Angeles, California
United States

Bell Gardens High School

Bell Gardens High School


Bell Gardens, California
United States

Institute for Earth Observations

Institute for Earth Observations


Palmyra Cove, New Jersey
United States

Merchantville Elementary School

Merchantville Elementary School


Merchantville, New Jersey
United States

Moorestown Friends School

Moorestown Friends School


Moorestown Township, New Jersey
United States

Medford Memorial Middle School

Medford Memorial Middle School


Medford, New Jersey
United States

Archbishop's School

Archbishop's School


Canterbury, Kent
United Kingdom

Xiamen Hubin High School

Xiamen Hubin High School


Xiamen, Fujian
People's Republic of China

Zwelibanzi High School

Zwelibanzi High School


Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal
Republic of South Africa







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