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Escape Pod Challenge

Welcome to the ESCAPE Pod Challenge! The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) are piloting a joint science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) program: Earth Sensing Creating Authentic Possibilities for Everyone (ESCAPE) Pod Challenge. The ESCAPE Pod Challenge is designed as a program for students in the 6th-8th and 9th-12th grade age groups.

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Build!

This exciting program will help students design and build their own remote sensing devices. The devices, known as Geosensing Remotes (GSR), are launched via tethered weather balloons and can collect real-time geospatial data that benefits science and enables academic research. USGS will loan schools the equipment needed to build the GSRs, and the USGS and NGA will provide mentorship to teachers and students, as needed, on operating remote cameras and other sensors, computer programming, engineering, GSR design, data analysis, and other skillsets needed to build, launch, and operate the GSRs.

Learn!

Students in the program will learn to plan their projects, work in teams, and gain valuable skills that can help them prepare for a future career in STEM fields. Scientists and decision makers worldwide depend on data from satellites to predict weather, assess damage from natural disasters, identify long-term patterns and trends in landscapes and ecosystems, and gauge other factors that affect the health of human and wildlife populations.

Compete!

During the competition phase, student teams will demonstrate their GSR’s ability to accomplish pre-defined tasks (e.g. image capture, measuring environmental variables, etc.) and also perform experiments of their own design. The competition will be supervised by the USGS/NGA mentor, with students across the country competing within a narrow window of opportunity during the spring school season. Each team’s project will be presented to a panel of judges which will determine the final competition outcome.

 

The ESCAPE Pod Challenge will be piloted in six high schools in three states starting in January 2019. The challenge will be implemented nationwide in August 2019. If you are interested in getting your school involved, contact the USGS Youth Education and Science Office.

Contacts

Suzanne Avilla

Senior Advisor
Presidential Management Council Fellow
Phone: 703-648-6629

Eleanour Snow

Manager, Youth and Education Programs
U. S. Geological Survey
Phone: 703-648-6647