Kite in the sky

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The AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) is a NASA-supported project designed to train the next generation of scientists, engineers, and other professionals to observe and understand our planet Earth through experiential learning using NASA technology and data in real-world settings. Montana State University collaborators are the Science Math Resource Center and Academic Technology and Outreach.

AREN uses kite-based, low-cost instrumentation systems to gather remotely sensed Earth observations. The project will enable the delivery of NASA remote sensing and in-situ observation concepts, technology, and data into formal and informal educational settings for all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, thereby integrating science and engineering into the curriculum.

MSU will be offering professional development opportunities for educators, including online Earth Sciences resources that provide middle and high school teachers with the basics of atmospheric science and data collection to complement participate in the AREN project.

AREN intersects with the GLOBE program (the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment), which, since 1995, has provided students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process.

For information about MSU's role in AREN and how you can be involved, contact [email protected].

What is a kite flight like?

people holding a kite Flying a kite Aerial view of a community garden
The kites we fly are about nine to ten feet across. We practice safety protocols, such as wearing gloves. We attached an instrument platform called an aeropod underneath the kite. The aeropod can hold a small camera, so we can study land cover and the Earth.