- First Landing on Mars (by Classroom of the Future)
This is a fairly intense (lots of new tools), creative lesson in image
analysis using Viking images of Mars to decide where to land. If I were
a middle school teacher I would plan on spending at least five student
contact days to do this lesson justice. Of course, that is on top of
the week I would suggest for the teacher just starting out using the
software (NIH Image).
This is it! You are aboard the good ship "Low Bid," the first manned
spacecraft to orbit Mars. The trip has been long (18 months in a minimum
energy orbit, naturally), and tedious, with only you (the Captain),
the pilot, and your know-it-all computer, the SAL 9,000,000,000 (Sarcastic,
Arrogant, and Loquacious: "I'm 32 billion times smarter than you humans!")
aboard to talk to. Finally, it is time to choose a landing site and
get off this flying tin can. This is a really cost-effective flight,
so you have no big windows or high-powered telescopes aboard, only
an internal guidance system controlled by SAL ("Don't worry about
it. I can land you anywhere you choose, to an accuracy of a few millimeters!").
Instead, you are relying on old Viking Orbiter images taken 'way back
in the '70s to find a good spot to settle down.
- Measuring Volcanoes (by David Thomas, Montana State Univ.)
David does a fantastic job guiding learners using image analysis tools
to measure volcanoes. He rates the lesson as Expert Level. I would rate
it as beginning for the simple measuring part of the lesson and intermediate
for the part requiring calibration of NIH Image.
Learner Outcomes: By completing these activities, the learner will:
- Compare before and after pictures of Mt. St. Helens.
- Describe the locations of currently erupting volcanoes.
- Use NIH Image to measure the diameter, perimeter, and area of
the volcano and its caldera.
- Use metric units to calibrate NIH Image.
- Explore Internet resources to gather information about Yellowstone
and Mt. St. Helens.
- The Mystery Array game.
This is an imaging lesson aimed at Middle school students. The students
form teams and compete with each other to find the mystery array of
pixels somewhere on a global image of Mars. The secret is in the secret