High Five!

Teaching and Learning with Technology Award - Science on a Sphere


    Congratulations to the Science on a Sphere team (Kristen St. John, Joy Ferrenbaugh, Jennifer Mangan, and Christie-Joy Hartman) for receiving the Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology Award at the TLT Conference on October 26th! CIT uses this award as a way to recognize teachers who have proven themselves as leaders in teaching with technologies at JMU.

    This particular team was nominated for their efforts to increase incorporation of Science on a Sphere (SOS) at JMU beyond their own courses and for their SOS analysis efforts. The sphere was developed as an educational tool to help show the Earth System to the general public. The SOS is displayed by four video projectors that are being controlled by two computers and the images displayed use processed satellite data. Viewers of the sphere are able to see it from an astronaut’s perspective, as the most common image shows the Earth as an animated globe. For more information of how it works click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmwYpY36xb0.

    JMU is one of the few universities to utilize SOS for formal education; most users are museums. JMU's SOS technology was originally purchased over 7 years ago with a sub-grant that Christie-Joy was an investigator on.  JMU funded the space and continues to support SOS. A network of faculty, now coordinated by the JMU Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability at JMU, where Christie-Joy is Executive Director, uses SOS.

    The use of SOS during 2014-2015 included approximately 60 academic class visits, 35 K-12 visits and events, and 6 conferences and special events.

    High Five to the Science on a Sphere team!