Montana State University

Aerokats and Rovers Education Network (AREN)

The Aerokats and Rovers 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's National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) is a collaborator in the project.

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 a graduate-credit online Earth Sciences course that provides middle and high school teachers with the basics of atmospheric science and data collection to complement participate in the AREN project.

Learn more about AREN.

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 NTEN's role in AREN and how you can be involved, contact Suzi Taylor at taylor@montana.edu

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