GOES-R Education Proving Ground

GOES-16/17 Virtual Science Fair Instructions for Teams from Grades 9-12

Our newest weather satellites, GOES-16 and GOES-17, carry the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) which measure energy in 16 different wavelengths (bands) of the electromagnetic spectrum. Previous GOES imagers only measured 5 bands, so we're pretty excited about the extra data. For this virtual science fair, we're asking high school students to conduct some sort of investigation using multiple ABI bands. Any and all scenario's are welcome, as long as you include a discussion of why certain bands are helpful in the scenario you are investigating. Maybe you would want to investigate landscape before, during and after a fire, or a developing winter storm, or any weather event. The sky's the limit! But you'll need to include some GOES-16 (or GOES-17) imagery in your report. You can either look at current or near-term weather and download satellite images while events are happening or investigate a past scenario, download the data via NOAA CLASS, and analyze the data using visualization software such as ImageJ, SIFT or RealEarth. (see video demos below)

We will be accepting entries through May 3rd 2019, SUBMIT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GOES 16/17 PROJECT HERE!

All High School entries must include:

  1. Summary: A description of the research project &/or weather scenario investigated, approximately 1 page long.
  2. Poster: Teams will create a scientific poster complete with an abstract and representative ABI imagery uploaded as a PDF or PPT slide.
    VIDEO: Tips on creating a science poster.
  3. Presentation: Provide a link to an uploaded video (YouTube, Vimeo, etc) or share a narrated Power Point in a Google folder. Students should describe the poster in the video, similar to a poster session at a professional conference, and be 8-12 minutes long.  
  4. Photo: A full resolution team photo.
  5. Photo Release Forms: A single document with photo releases (Word, PDF) from all individuals who appear in photos or video.

High School Scoring Rubric

Learn more about the different ABI bands via this interactive WebApp.

Here's a convenient site to download real-time GOES-16 imagery or GOES-17 imagery.

ABI Bands Quick Information Guides


Visualization software to work with GOES data:

SIFT demo on YouTube
(from the ESIP Education Out 2 Lunch Series)

ImageJ demo on YouTube
(from the ESIP ED Out 2 Lunch Series)

RealEarth demo on YouTube
(from the ESIP ED Out 2 Lunch Series)

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