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HR: 1340h
AN: ED13C-0621
TI: MRO's HiRISE Education and Public Outreach during the Primary Science Phase
AU: * Gulick, V C
EM: Virginia.C.Gulick@nasa.gov
AF: NASA Ames/SETI Inst., NASA Ames Research Center MS 239-20, Moffett Field, CA 94035,
AU: Davatzes, A K
EM: alix@temple.edu
AF: Temple University, Dept. of Earth & Enviro. Sci., Philadelphia, PA 19122,
AU: Deardorff, G
EM: Glenn.Deardorff@nasa.gov
AF: NASA Ames, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035,
AU: Kanefsky, B
EM: Bob.Kanefsky@nasa.gov
AF: NASA Ames, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035,
AU: Conrad, L B
EM: Linda.B.Conrad@nasa.gov
AF: NASA Ames, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035,
AU: Team, H
EM: hri@lpl.arizona.edu
AB: Looking back over one Mars year, we report on the accomplishments of the HiRISE EPO program during the primary science phase of MRO. A highlight has been our student image suggestion program, conducted in association with NASA Quest as HiRISE Image Challenges (http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/challenges/hirise/). During challenges, students, either individually or as part of a collaborative classroom or group, learn about Mars through our webcasts, web chats and our educational material. They use HiWeb, HiRISE's image suggestion facility, to submit image suggestions and include a short rationale for why their target is scientifically interesting. The HiRISE team gives priority to obtaining a sampling of these suggestions as quickly as possible so that the acquired images can be examined by the students. During the challenge, a special password-protected web site allows participants to view their returned images before they are released to the public (http://marsoweb.nas.nasa.gov/hirise/quest/). Students are encouraged to write captions for the returned images. Finished captions are then posted and highlighted on the HiRISE web site (http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu) along with their class, teacher's name and the name of their school. Through these HiRISE challenges, students and teachers become virtual science team members, participating in the same process (selecting and justifying targets, analyzing and writing captions for acquired images), and using the same software tools as the HiRISE team. Such an experience is unique among planetary exploration EPO programs. To date, we have completed three HiRISE challenges and a fourth is currently ongoing. More than 200 image suggestions were submitted during the previous challenges and over 85 of these image requests have been acquired so far. Over 675 participants from 45 states and 42 countries have registered for the previous challenges. These participants represent over 8000 students in grades 2 through 14 and consist primarily of teachers, parents of homeschoolers and student clubs, college students, and life-long learners. HiRISE Clickworkers (http://clickworkers.arc.nasa.gov/hirise), a citizen science effort is also part of our EPO where volunteers identify geologic features (e.g., dunes, craters, wind streaks, gullies, etc.) in the HiRISE images and help generate searchable image databases. We've also developed the HiRISE online image viewer (http://marsoweb.nas.nasa.gov/HiRISE/hirise_images/) where users can browse, pan and zoom through the very large HiRISE images from within their web browser. Educational materials include an assortment of K through college level, standards-based activity books, a K through 3 coloring/story book, a middle school level comic book, and several interactive educational games, including Mars jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, word searches and flash cards (http://hirise.seti.org/epo). HiRISE team members have given numerous classroom presentations and participated in many other informal educational and public events (e.g., Sally Ride Science Festivals, CA Science teachers conference workshops, NASA's Yuri's Night, Xprize events, University of Arizona's Mars Mania and Phoenix public events). The HiRISE operations team maintains a blog (HiBlog) (http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/HiBlog/) providing insights to the pulse of daily activities within the operations center as well as useful information about HiRISE.
DE: 0815 Informal education
DE: 6225 Mars
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: 2008 Fall Meeting