1. Global Earth Science Community
  2. Community Data System Programs
  3. REASoN Projects
  4. Project 3D-VIEW (Virtual Interactive Environmental Worlds)

Project 3D-VIEW (Virtual Interactive Environmental Worlds)

Project 3D-VIEW combines NASA mission earth data and three types of 3D learning technologies in a comprehensive curriculum-based program for student explorers using exciting 3D-viewers and the internet. The Project is designed primarily for Grades 5/6, and will create a virtual telepresence for students in each of the “spheres” of earth science [biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere]. Additionally, a module on global climate change introducing earth systems may be used with experienced students. A goal of the project is for students to become experts in life, land, water and air systems and to be prepared for earth system science topics and courses and science-based decision making in high school and beyond. Using simple web interfaces on PC or Macintosh, students will explore, create, manipulate and navigate 3D VRML (Virtual Reality) views. The three basic components of the Project 3d-VIEW classroom program are:

  • Hands-on, constructivist activities and content instruction including math
  • Image interpretation and visualization manipulation of earth and digital elevation data combined with each sphere
  • Local and broad-based authentic explorations and scenarios coupled with student research and analysis and scientist feedback.

Technology Options, each deliver the same content. Options range from 3D-glasses and a computer screen to the compelling "VIEW-Wall" where two projectors display 3D, immersive environments and fly-overs on an 8-foot screen in the classroom or computer lab. Networked software will allow students to meet scientists online escorting them through 3D-views. Teacher professional development through synchronous, online webcasts with follow-up will be delivered and certify over 1200 teachers. Planned partnerships include large urban school districts, Stanford University and National Geographic. A Student Achievement Program will be implemented for mathematics and science. Curricular activities developed will meet standards in 50 states.

Glen Schuster, PI, U.S. Satellite Laboratory

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2017 at 10:34 AM EST