Sky View '95 Schools

Kelly High School Beaumont TX
Sponsor, Mrs. Terri Clark


The students of Monsignor Kelly High School are currently working on many projects. The main focus has been placed on the remote sensing project. Remote sensing is a system which was originally designed for our marine debris and water quality sites. These two projects encourage involvement from every member of the student body, and have successfully increased student interest in environmental issues and careers. The objective of these projects is to determine different forms of pollution, their sources, and ways in which they can be eliminated from the area. Students have the opportunity to examine ways in which data can be incorporated into tangible real world applications rather than simply in abstract problems found in a textbook.

Education remains one of our top priorities, and we would also like to expand the impact of the remote sensing studies to curricula in our school. This would include the use of a scanner or a Photo CD which could be incorporated or modified into our computer science classes. The skill used to scan our photos and modify our pictures into a mosaic design will increase our knowledge of application software. Also, this year we will incorporate our data into trigonometry and geometry in addition to using our altitude findings in these classes. Applying our new skills to our ever increasing science curriculum will help to improve our view of the cause and effect relationship which dominates our world. These classses include Principles of the Environment, Marine Science, Environmental Science, and Geology.

This image taken by Kelly H.S. gives a view of coastal marshes.


Killeen High School Killeen, TX
Sponsor, Mr. Michael Sibberson


The Junior Engineering Technical Society of Kileen High School spent many long hours brainstorming to come up with feasible plans for Sky View '95. The myriad ideas were presented that were as unique adn individual as the team members themselves; but in our case, diversity was just too much of a good thing. Suggestions ranged from documenting the traffic flow on our school parking lot and around town, to the grazing patterns of dairy cows. So much of our time was spent talking about Sky View that we did not achieve any significant gains in the building process for the first few months after we were presented with the endeavor; we were thinking so hard that we nearly missed an obvious opportunity. The environmental club of Killeen High School, S.H.A.P.E., is a "sister club" of sorts that participates in the Adopt-A-Highway program for the state of Texas and it is with them that we collaborated to monitor how quickly trash accumulated on a two mile stretch of highway just outside of town. This is what we accomplished...


Langham Creek High School Houston, TX
Sponsor, Mr. David Herlinger


The objective of the Langham Creek Sky Spies Project '95 was to utilize a remote sensing device to obtain images of the retention basin in front of Langham Creek High School. The basin is designed to hold back water drained from the entire school property, permitting a controlled release in Langham Creek, the principle stream draining the surrounding portion of Western Harris County. Retention ponds are required for the school because the extensive area covered by the school buildings and the concrete parking lots prevents the normal absorption of water by the soil, and greatly increases the rate at which run-off occurs.

The plan was to acquire a radio-controlled aircraft carrying a self-advancing 35 mm camera. The images obtained would be scanned by a computer, and the composited into a photomosaic. The area of the drainage basin would be determined using image processing software. a computer program would be written by the team that could take the areas of the bottom and top of the basin (obtained from images), and use this information to calculate the volume occupied for various water depths. The program would then take this data and use it to determine the time required to fill the basin to maximum capacity for various rainfall rates per hour.


Pearland High School Pearland, TX
Sponsor, Mr. Allen Lewis


Initially, we wanted to obtain aerial photographs of a land form on several occasions and observe changes in the formation over time due to erosion, deposition, or other factors. However, we soon realized this was not feasible. Time constraints, engineering problems, and the difficulty of locating such a feature near our school proved to be formidable adversities. Instead, our team chose to take numerous photographs of a ditch located behind Pearland high School. With these photographs, we wanted to construct a mosaic of the ditch, and identify and research distinctive physical features and formations.

The team was assembled to construct the mosaic from the pictures and analyze them, attempting to elicit any and all information possible from the photographs. The mosaic was constructed from laser copy enlargements of the developed pictures.


Perryton High School Perryton, TX
Sponsor, Mrs. Bobbette Doerrie


Remote sensing is taking observations and measurements of something with which the instrument is not in direct contact. When the project began, the team's knowledge of remote sensing was very limited. We began by discussing what we had learned at the training meeting and brainstorming on what a good application would be. After many good ideas, we finally decided on taking photographs of a prairie dog town. Our idea of studying a prairie dog town had both practical and environmental application. By studying the habitat of the prairie dog, we could learn more about the species and help farmers and ranchers to humanely rid their land of the pneumonic plague carrying rodent.

Perryton High School's partipation was featured in their local newspaper, The Perryton Heard

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