Activity: Exploring Remote Sensing

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8 9
Organization:National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Summary:This lesson simulates the process of remote sensing using surface materials of different colors to represent different ground coverings on Earth. Light meters are used as an analog for satellite instruments to record data from surfaces representing the different ground coverings. The lesson will help students understand the role of satellites in remote sensing. Instructors can introduce the concept of albedo, which is the percentage of the Sun’s radiation that reflects from different surfaces on Earth. Albedo is an important component of Earth’s radiation budget.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.B
Subjects: 6-8; activities; lesson; light; middle school; nasa; remote sensing; space; sun
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