GOES-R Education Proving Ground

The GOES-R Education Proving Ground features the design and development of pre-and post-launch lesson plans and activities for G6-12 teachers and students. A key element of this effort is a core group of educators working with CIMSS Education & Outreach staff in close coordination NOAA scientists at stationed at the Cooperative Institute of Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS). Our goal is to ensure that the education community is launch ready for new satellite imagery and improved products available from the GOES-R Satellite Series. ( R, S, T & U)

GOES-R launched in November 2016, was renamed GOES-16 in orbit, and is now GOES EAST!

GOES-S launched
in March 2018, was renamed GOES-17 in orbit, operated as GOES West, but is now in stand-by mode.

GOES-T launched in March 2022, was renamed GOES-18 in orbit and is now GOES West.

GOES-U is set to launch soon!

Countdown to Launch Resources

Submit your Virtual Science Fair project by May 3rd, 2024.


A short video supporting VSF projects based on the Total Solar Eclipse

Download the ppt slides

Here are two of the many exciting improvements ...

Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI)
The ABI on the GOES-R satellite series has 16 spectral bands, (compared to 5 on the legacy GOES Imager), resulting in three times more spectral information and four times the spatial resolution. The frequency of images, or temporal coverage, is more than five times faster than the previous GOES imager!

Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM)
The all new GLM on GOES-R measures total lightning activity continuously over the Americas and adjacent ocean regions with spatial resolution of approximately 10 km!

GOES-R Launch Teacher Workshop
KSC November 2016

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GOES-S Teacher Workshop at Lockheed Martin August 2017

Workshop details

Educators at KSC for
the GOES-S launch!

New GOES-R WebApps

Working with G6-12 science teachers, CIMSS and ASPB developed several Next-Generation WebApps to explore GOES-R ABI capabilities.

Try the new Webapps!
GOES-R Spectral Band Webapp
GOES-R Temporal & Spatial Resolution Webapp
GOES-R What's This? Image Resolution Webapp