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Vera Fennessy

Teacher Guide & Pupil Activities for the ESA Resource ‘ Nose High Up in The Sky’
I found this resource very interesting. You want children to see the advantages of having satellites in space monitoring our planet at all times. It opens up a great discussion on what the benefits are – watching fires, land erosion, search and rescue, glaciers melting, communication, agriculture production, weather patterns. Satellites can have different filters on to show the strength of growth in different crops – the list is endless for the information that is communicated to us through satellites and then passed on to our experts – scientists, meteorologists etc. to analyse and problem solve. I would definitely show the children the pictures of the Colombian glacier in Alaska and how satellite pictures show very clearly its retreat. Other very interesting pictures to show them are those that were taken of cities during our Covid Lockdown – cities with no cars on the streets, empty highways in the most populated cities on Earth etc. So interesting when you compare those to images taken today.
The children will enjoy matching the still images from space and those taken from Earth. There are many visual resources for children such as matching photos of different landscapes (mountains, lakes, rivers, cities, islands, and deserts) taken from the ground. They are getting to see different perspectives and also learn about the advantage of looking at things from different angles gaining an appreciation of why it is useful to use satellites to watch over our Earth.

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