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ICCARS Project Presentations Available for Download

On March 4, 2016, David Bydlowski and Andy Henry gave a presentation "Using Sensors to Collect Atmospheric and Ground Data" at the MSTA Conference in Lansing, MI.  If you would like to download the prevention in pdf format, please CLICK HERE and then scroll to the bottom of that page.

On November 7, 2015, David Bydlowski and Andy Henry gave a presentation "Using Sensors to Collect Atmospheric and Ground Data" at the MDSTA/DACTM Conference in Warren, MI.  

On March 13, 2015, David Bydlowski and Andy Henry gave presentations on the ICCARS Project at the National Science Teachers Association Conference in Chicago, IL.  

On November 8, 2014, David Bydlowski and Andy Henry gave presentations on the ICCARS Project at the Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association/Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics Fall Conference in Woodhaven, MI.

On December 4, 2014, David Bydlowski presented a workshop on the MEECS Climate Change Unit.  Within the workshop was a correlation of resources to the ICCARS Project.  

President of the United States, Barack Obama,  Addresses Climate Change during the 2015 State of the Union Address

"And no challenge — no challenge — poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.

2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record. Now, one year doesn’t make a trend, but this does — 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century.

I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists; that we don’t have enough information to act. Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what — I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities. The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe. The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.

That’s why, over the past six years, we’ve done more than ever before to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy, to the way we use it. That’s why we’ve set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. And that’s why I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts. I am determined to make sure American leadership drives international action. In Beijing, we made an historic announcement — the United States will double the pace at which we cut carbon pollution, and China committed, for the first time, to limiting their emissions. And because the world’s two largest economies came together, other nations are now stepping up, and offering hope that, this year, the world will finally reach an agreement to protect the one planet we’ve got."

Please click HERE  to view the video of the President addressing climate change.


The ICCARS Project

The ICCARS Project was funded through a NASA grant (NASA Research Announcement NNG09Z1300, Cooperative Agreement Notice) awarded to Wayne RESA and Eastern Michigan University. The outcome of this two-year grant was for students and teachers to have a working understanding of the science behind global climate change and its relationship to human activity, in particular its relationship to land-use and land-cover changes on multiple scales, through use of NASA data products and models.

This ICCARS Project website is an eCollaboratory providing many resources dealing with climate change and remote sensing.  This includes images, videos, lesson plans, documents, tutorials, and more. The eCollaboratory features web-based geographic information system, a student observation database, and groupware for social networking to build the ICCARS supporting community. Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, Blogger and RSS feeds are used to build an integrated collaborative learning space where students and teachers share ideas, data, information and findings.


Follow links in the sidebar to access Curriculum, Climate, and Remote Sensing Resources, including Modules and 5E Lessons, access to current and historical NASA satellite data, podcasts, videos, and much much more!

ICCARS Teacher and Students are the 2nd Annual GLOBE Student Research Exhibition Winners

Congratulations to the 80 students who took part in the 2nd Annual Student Research Exhibition,  August 12 - 16, at the GLOBE Annual Partner Meeting, held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.  First prize went to ICCARS students from Crestwood High School, in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, for their project,"Correlations between vernal pool phenology and a breeding population of Bufo americanus in Dearborn Heights, Michigan." 

Teacher: Diana Johns

Student(s): Ahmad Awada, Hussein Makki

Title: Correlations between vernal pool phenology and a breeding population of Bufo americanus in Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Abstract:  Vernal pools are a disappearing hydrologic resource in Southeastern Michigan. As industrialization and suburbanization continue to drain and develop these important wetlands, there has been a dramatic drop in anuran and other associated wildlife populations. This research project attempted to investigate what relationships exist between various weather factors and the breeding use of a temporary wetland by the American toad, Bufo americanus. Only one remaining natural vernal pool associated with the Ecorse River Watershed was identified in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. Although research continues, a strong correlation between the onset of precipitation and the breeding use of this vernal pool was noted. 

To view their full student research report, please CLICK HERE.

For information about the student projects, scoring and a summary of regional participation, visit the 2nd Annual Student Research Exhibition webpage.


ICCARS EM Spectrum Guide
ICCARS Teacher Publishes iBook on the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Steve Dickie, of Divine Child High School in Dearborn, MI, recently published "The ICCARS Spectrum Guide."  The "ICCARS Spectrum Guide" was created to accompany a kit of materials available to be checked out by teachers who participated in the ICCARS Project.  It is intended to give students and teachers a working understanding of the science behind global climate change and it relationship to human activity, in particular its relationship to land-use and land-cover changes on multiple scales, through use of NASA data products and models.  To download your FREE copy, visit the iPad Bookstore and do a search for "ICCARS."


ICCARS Teacher Cited in the Michigan Science Teachers Association's Spring, 2013 Journal

Please click HERE to read the Spring, 2013 Journal from the Michigan Science Teachers Association.  On page 31, you can read the ICCARS Unit developed by Debby Peters, entitled "Weather and Climate."

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Join our ICCARS Lifelines Professional Learning Community (PLC) for the 2015 - 2016 School Year.

The PLC's are held on either the first or second Monday of each month. The one hour meetings are held at 4:00 and 7:00. 

For more login information, including web and phone access, on each PLC, visit the ICCARS calendar by CLICKING HERE.

To access all previous PLC's, please click HERE.


Remote Sensing with NASA AEROKATS


Learn how we are using NASA's Airborne Earth Research Observation Kites And Tethered Systems (AEROKATS) program to study our local environments from a remote sensing perspective.


Goal and Anticipated Results of the ICCARS Project

Goal:  Students and Teachers will have a working understanding of the science behind global climate change and its relationship to human activity, in particular its relationship to land-use and land-cover (LULC) changes on multiple scales through NASA data products and models.

Anticipated Results -- The ICCARS program has five outcomes:
  1. Students and teachers will learn how remotely sensed data can be used to study the phenomena of global climate change on multiple levels (i.e., scales of size: local, regional and global), be able to acquire remotely sensed data and produce meaningful information (including vegetation index, biomass and LULC change over time) from that data.
  2. Students and teachers will learn how to collect and process a remotely sensed, four band image using the NASA AEROKATS kite based TwinCam-AeroPod sensor.
  3. Students and teachers will utilize appropriate social networking tools and desktop videoconferencing to collaborate, share information and build a support community.
  4. Students will demonstrate proficiency in applicable Michigan curriculum content expectations and standards in earth science, biology, physics and mathematics.
  5. Teachers will understand the fundamental concepts of Project Based Learning (PBL) and be able to design an instructional unit using a PBL methodology grounded in inquiry and student led investigations.




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