Every day UK scientists use imagery taken from space, including astronaut photography, to better understand Earth’s changing environment – from weather and climate to animal migration.
The EO Detective teaching materials bring 50 years of astronaut photographs and satellite images of the Earth into the classroom. Using these beautiful and interesting images, you can discover how Earth Observation Scientists investigate our changing world – and also study concepts and ideas from maths, science, geography and computing. You can download taster activities and complete resource packs and teacher guides from ESERO-UK.
The EO Detective Competition
To enter, children aged from 7–16 were asked to explain where on Earth they would like an astronaut to photograph and why. There were around a thousand entries coming from Inverness to the Isle of Wight, from Belfast to Norwich, and an extra category had to be added for younger children.
Senior NCEO staff including the director, John Remedios, judged the competition and had great difficulty selecting the winners because of the wide range of locations and the interesting reasons entrants gave for choosing them.
A big well done to everyone who entered. And congratulations to:
Samuel Gower from Fairfield Academy, Grimsby
Rainforest near Manaus, Brazil – to look at deforestation
Loke Egede-Poulsen from Tilehurst
Lake Eyre, South Australia – to see what it looks like, full for the first time in years
Zak Hughes from North Yorkshire
Al Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan – to compare with empty desert a few years ago
Sebastian Steiner from Virginia Water
Fair Oaks, Indiana – to investigate methane emissions near pig farms
Eleanor Rayner from Hagley (in Reception, so one of the youngest entrants)
Knysna, South Africa – to see if it’s possible to see the elephants in the forest
Lance Howell from Codsall
Pyramids – to show his teacher you can see man-made things from space and look at swirling sand
George James Lever from Richard Taylor Church of England Primary School, Harrogate
Angel Falls, Venuzuela – to find out if they are visible and if you can see how fast the water flows
Nicolás Maravall from Westdene Primary School, Brighton
Leticia and Tabatinga, meeting of three countries in the Amazon – to see if you can see differences in deforestation between the countries
Elodie Biegman from Kensington Prep School, London
Central Beijing at night – to look at light pollution
Cordelia Lamming from Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe
Inle Lake, Burma – to see if global warming and increasing tourism have affected water levels and the region around the lake
Stephen Hughes from All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield
The Great Green Wall, Senegal – to see if it is affecting temperature and soil moisture levels