Sea to Shining Sea addresses “Call To Action” # 16 and STEM Education
Sea to Shining Sea Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) is
a collaborative program sponsored by the National Park Service in
partnership with K-12 schools, universities, non-profit organizations, and
others. Significant partners include the National Science Foundation funded High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN), which is part of the Applied Network Research (ANR) activities at the University of California San Diego and San Diego State University.
Sea to Shining Sea LIVE is an adaptable and low cost interactive field-site
exploration system, which allows students in classrooms to interact in
real-time with scientists, educators, historians, and rangers in National
Parks, as well as with environmental sensors and cameras. The project
focuses on linking park-based science, cultural resources, and stories with schools by including STEM subject materials to meet the education needs of students and teachers. Further, this Internet-based project seeks to connect Native American and other underserved students with National Park Service education programs.
A low-cost and easy to use LIVE backpack, originally developed by
HPWREN, is being utilized to broadcast Sea to Shining Sea LIVE
distance education programs to classrooms and audiences throughout
the country. Students and teachers need only an Internet connection, a desktop or laptop computer, freely available software, speakers, and a microphone to interact with participants at National Park Service sites.
To view the StSS Backpack Guide, click HERE.
A LIVE Overview video is available by clicking this LINK (mp4 format, 15.3M)
StSS website and print materials are in part contributed by program