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Signals/National Geographic announce DC Partnership

February 07, 2002 - Washington, DC-February 4, 2002

In a $60K three-way partnership funded by the National Geographic Society, Washington, DC public schools are seeking to promote student achievement through the Signals of Spring educational program, a science & technology program that uses earth imagery to explain the movement of animals tracked by satellite.

Although several schools are already using Signals of Spring in Washington, students in six more DC public schools will begin the program this spring. The District of Columbia plans to implement the program in all DC schools within the next three years at the middle school level.

Carolyn Kornegay, Science Content Specialist for the Washington, DC Schools, is excited and optimistic about the new partnership and its positive effect on student achievement. She states, “Signals of Spring extends learning beyond the classroom door.”

Kornegay stresses that Signals of Spring develops not only science skills, but also skills in geography, technology and literacy. She mentions that students improve reading and writing skills “by consulting with scientists and collaborating with other kids in other places.”

Signals of Spring, a project of the U.S. Satellite Laboratory, allows students of all ages to use wildlife to observe connections between science, math, and geography. Using cutting-edge Internet technology, students utilize variables such as vegetation, landforms, sea surface temperature and weather to explain the migrations of animals as bald eagles, red-tailed hawk, loggerhead sea turtles, and sandhill cranes.

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