My NASA Data 2.0: Reducing Barriers to Access Earth System Data

Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium
Poster Session Part of Wednesday Poster Session

Authors

Elizabeth Joyner, NASA Langley Research Center
Tina Harte, NASA Langley Research Center
NASA offers petabytes of global Earth science data collected from satellites but accessing these data in a traditional science classroom can be tricky. After nearly 15 years of offering Earth science data to educators and students, NASA showcases the new face of My NASA Data (MND). This change features new and revised resources for exploring our Earth system from a phenomena-based perspective.

Until now, MND's impact on learning was contingent upon the user's ability to manipulate the current data visualization tool, Live Access Server (LAS). This robust tool is populated with NASA data holdings that users can create custom microsets for desired time series, parameters and geographical regions. While many users are equipped with the technical skills to navigate this tool, teacher feedback identified the need to further develop this tool to better meet the needs of our users. For this reason, MND is redesigning the tool to offer a more intuitive user interface, align datasets to help visualize phenomena supported in the standards, and include more human-focused datasets so that users can see their communities in the data provided.

MND provides online assets to help teachers and students access NASA data in a variety of formats. The (new) MND offers pre-generated graphs, mapped visualizations, animations, and processed data based on NGSS phenomena, providing the learner with the opportunity to explore concepts without being encumbered by the antiquated visualization interface. In addition, new and revised lessons allow teachers to access and incorporate NASA data in their lessons without having to teach students spreadsheet skills, have 1:1 student/computer ratio, or rely on computers that may have outdated/incompatible software.

Come and learn about the exciting next steps for My NASA Data including activities, resources, and future plans for the new data visualization tools.

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