The GOES-R Education Proving Ground features the design and development of lesson plans and activities for middle and high school students by science teachers working with Education and Outreach specialists at the Cooperative Institute of Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) in close coordination NOAA scientists at the Advanced Satellite Products Branch (ASPB) stationed at CIMSS.
Our main goal is to prepare the education community to be launch ready for new satellite imagery and improved products that will be available in the upcoming GOES-R era.
The first phase involved updating the CIMSS Satellite Meteorology for Grades 7-12 course. Initial content updates included adding a case study on the 2010 Deepwater Disaster and overview of the 2005 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season. More recently, CIMSS added a new (and evolving) module on 3 Next-Generation Satellites: Suomi NPP, JPSS and GOES-R.
Phase two of the proving ground involved recruiting teams of two teachers from three different states to develop GOES-R related lesson plans for middle and high school students. This took place during the 2013-14 school year.
In the summer of 2014, GOES-R Education Proving Ground members (teachers, scientists and team leaders) met in person for the first time at the Satellites & Education Conference XXVII in Madison Wisconsin where teachers presented their lesson plans.
GOES-R Education Proving Ground Team
Phase three will be the promotion and dissemination of lesson plans and activities with middle and high school science teachers and their students as we grow the GOES-R Education Proving Ground!