Altimetry in the classroom
In addition to the scientific and operational uses of the data, altimeter missions have provided product content and programs for both formal and informal educational settings for over 13 years. The educational community has embraced the unique concepts highlighted by altimeter missions like TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1 as a resource for teaching basic ocean awareness and ocean science to students from grade school through college and to all ages and backgrounds of the general public. The partnership between NASA/JPL and CNES/AVISO in collaboration with classrooms, schools, and informal education facilities has made it possible to widen the reach of activities and become a resource for science team member participation. Available products and activities include classroom visits, posters, CDs, web sites, online activities, literature, school programs, exhibit materials and more.