Top Down Project

List of Exercise Titles, Authors, and Objectives


Analog vs. Digital by Susan Cassidy

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Students will a) make an analog image of a section of the school grounds; b) they will digitize their analog image; c) they will compare an analog and a digital image.



Beyond What I Can See by Ursula Sexton

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Bounce or Absorbed - Light Pathways and Interactions by Ursula Sexton

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Color Sleuths by Ursula Sexton

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From 3-D to Flatland and Back Again by Sue Van Stee

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Students lean how to read contour maps and, by extension, physical relief maps by working through various activities of which some simulate contour mapping and others require use of actual contour maps. These exercises will help the students understand land forms and topography when looking at two-dimensional maps and images, including remote sensing images.



From the Top Down by Susan Cassidy

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Hometown USA by Brenda Hough and Margaret Young

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Create a 3-D model of a town using easily available materials provided by the students. Give students the opportunity to view -ground truth- (what is actually seen by someone on the ground) versus an aerial view. Students will be asked to tell which view is more accurate; which view provides a better or clearer view of terrain features and land use; which view is subject to distortion.



How Big Is That Picture? by Kathleen Cohen

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Students gain a perspective of field of vision from a great height.



How Can We Use These Photos? by Kathleen Cohen

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Much of our understanding of our earth comes from simply looking at it. Remote sensing helps us with the big picture. Remote sensing photos can be used to plan the future. We can ask which way will a city grow or how will a new freeway affect farming areas. Remote sensing can also help show which way a fire moving or how fast lava from a volcano is flowing. The purpose of this exercise is to gather data from remote sensing pictures.



How Tall Is That? by Kathleen Cohen

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Students will find the height of object x using the ratio of the lengths of shadows of two objects.



Images I See - Knowledge I Possess by Ursula Sexton

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Infrared Remote Sensing by Susan Cassidy

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Introduction To The Study Of Remote Sensing by James McConald

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Students will experience what it is like to see only certain colors through "an instrument package" and why those instruments can only produce only specific colors on the pictures that they take.



It's Alive! (or not?) by Linda Bull

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Mystery Solved by R and D by Ursula Sexton

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Our Eyes - Powerful Perception Tools by Ursula Sexton

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While some students portray individually assigned parts of the eye, others assume the role of photons of light with different frequencies of color. The entire group represent how a beam of light enters the eye, how each part functions and how they interact.



Remote Sensing and Emergency Management by James MacDonald

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Students will discover how remote sensing is used to help manage emergencies like the Oakland Hills Fire Storm 1991.



The Forest or the Trees: A Remote Sensing Simulation by Linda Bull

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The More Things Change... by Linda Bull

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The Only Thing Constant Is Change by Sue Van Stee

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Students learn about changes that occur over time in given areas. They learn that human actions and natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes, or floods, as well as a combination of them, are responsible for these changes. By looking at maps, black and white and color photos and other remote sensing images, the students will locate and discuss these changes.



Town Meeting by James MacDonald

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Students discuss a certain land usage situation. What if a dam, a city, a farming community, or a forest were placed here? This lesson gives students the opportunity to see things from a "point of view" or special interest. Through this process students, become more aware of the complexity of issues surrounding land use and land management. Remote sensing information will be available to help students defend their points of view or challenge another group's claims.



What You See Isn't What You Get: Perspective In Mapping by Brenda Hough and Margaret Young

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Students observe objects in their everyday environment and use symbolic pictures to show the objects in relation to each other. Students also compare horizontal and aerial views of these same objects.



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