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via Nasa’s
Earth Observatory

Smoke coverage in Australia

Geospatial science is used here to communicate the extent of the smoke coverage in Australia during the January bushfires. This helps to communicate with the general public just how much an impact the fires are having on our air quality.

These images come from the Terra-MODIS and Landsat satellites. They orbit the earth pole to pole from an altitude of about 700km. MODIS revisits the same part of the earth every day, while Landsat looks in a little more detail so takes 16 days to revisit.

The satellite sensors can can measure temperature as well. If the fire front is big enough, the thermal infra-red cameras can detect ‘hot spots’ in the environment, which can act as early warning signals for potential fire outbreaks.

Fox News

“Students are learning a lot more than just how to fly”

West Virginia Elementary teacher, Meghan Salter, is making drones so interesting for her classroom that Fox News decided to report on it. Using real-life applications, like a patient in need of an organ, Meghan weaves science, technology and maths into her lesson plans in a way that kids sometimes don’t even notice.

According to the school principal, her drone classrooms are so engaging that the whole school is drawn in to see what’s going on.

Homeward Bound

She Maps is Antarctica-bound

She Maps Education Director, Dr Karen Joyce, and Instructor, Natalie Meiklejohn, are heading to Antarctica later this year as part of Homeward Bound, a groundbreaking, global leadership initiative for women with a background in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine). Each program culminates in a three-week voyage to Antarctica –one of the most ecologically sensitive and inspiring places on Earth.

Each participant returns to her own country as a member of the Homeward Bound alumnae to collaboratively influence the decisions that will affect the future of the planet – whether as leaders in government, academia, business or international diplomacy.

Nat is one of the youngest ever participants in Homeward Bound. The program costs participants $17,000USD – if you want to find out more about Nat and contribute to her involvement, visit her
crowdfunding campaign.

Watch this space for more on their journey.


NowThis News


Lifestyle brands are getting involved with the bid to increase diversity in STEM with Olay using celebrities like Taraji P. Henson, Busy Philipps and Katie Couric, alongside former astronaut, Nicole Stott. The Super Bowl ad was a teaser for a large campaign launching February 2, 2020.

For every tweet with #MakeSpaceForWomen, Olay will donate $1 to
Girls Who Code

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