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Ocean Surface Topography from Space
A Scientist in the Classroom--Virtually
April 01, 2006

Bill Patzert during the videoconference.
Dr. Bill Patzert explains how the Jason-1 satellite measures sea surface height.
JPL's Dr. Bill Patzert went live directly from Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena via videoconference to Garland V. Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, Florida.

Fifty-two students, along with their science teacher, participated from their Florida school while Lynn McDaniel, lead teacher and magnet resource leader, was at JPL to orchestrate this high tech classroom activity for Stewart. Annie Richardson coordinated JPL's participation for Ocean Surface Topography Education and Public Outreach.

Stewart, one of NASA's original Explorer Schools (, emphasizes science, math and technology with a focus on aerospace. Dr. Patzert talked with the students about how satellites aid in ocean and atmospheric studies. The students plan to use clips of the videoconference in a presentation they're giving later this month at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry.

Dr. Bill Patzert with Lynn McDaniel.   Bill Patzert during the videoconference.
Dr. Bill Patzert with Lynn McDaniel, Stewart's lead teacher.   Dr. Bill Patzert talking with the students.

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