Science Education through Earth Observation for High Schools (SEOS)
Earth observation by means of remote sensing is relevant in science education in high schools: it sharpens the students’ sensibility to their natural environment and thus stimulates their willingness to learn about its relevance to daily life. This covers a broad field of experience, ranging from daily weather data to long-term climatic conditions, land cover changes, marine pollution or environmental hazards as well as their interconnection to name but a few.
The European Commission sponsored project ‘Science Education through Earth Observation for High Schools’ (SEOS) developed eLearning tutorials on different disciplines such as physics, biology, geography, mathematics, engineering and world heritage, focusing on the interdisciplinary character of remote sensing.
The aim of this project is to support the integration of earth observation and remote sensing as an element of science education in high schools encouraging the sensibility of students to their natural environment. The knowledge may concern daily weather data, long-term climatic conditions, land cover changes, marine pollution or environmental hazards and their interconnection.
UNESCO developed a tutorial to present the Organization’s work in the protection and management of World Heritage sites with the use of space technologies. The tutorial contains useful information about what a World Heritage site is, how the Convention was created, what are the major threats to such sites, how space technologies are aiding management and mitigation efforts, as well as games and quizzes.
Integrating earth observation with remote sensing as an element of science education in high schools provides a basis for subsequently using environmental monitoring in working life. Therefore, the tutorials also met the demands of training courses for the users of the European satellite remote sensing initiative: Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES).