Students from the Sea Divers team and their teachers, Marcy Burns and Kathy Gill, attended the Geospatial Technology Conference Friday at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland.
The fifth-grade team placed third in the competition, going up against many high school teams.
Sixty-five projects were chosen to represent the classes that have participated in this year's SATELLITES program, an acronym for Students and Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret the Earth from Space.
Students from the Sea Divers entered inquiry research projects dealing with surface temperature data collected on the school playground as compared to similar data in Alaska and Estonia. The student projects were then evaluated by a panel of judges and the top three projects received a trophy for their school and ribbons for the students.
The students' projects will be showcased at the May 2007 video-conference/Webcast via NASA Glenn Research Center and will remain on display at the Great Lakes Science Center.
The process started with a total of 109 student inquiry research projects based on the SATELLITES Program being displayed throughout the Great Lakes Science Center.
The Geospatial Technology Conference featured more than 500 students, 38 teachers and 66 other school personnel as participants. The participants came from 21 different schools, including a home school from Alaska, an academy, career center, university, elementary schools, middle, junior high and high schools.