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Newark, NJ students win NSIP Award

June 18, 2001 -

In the Watching Earth Change competition, grades 5-8, students took third place in NASA's NSIP Competition ( From the Ann Street School, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, students wrote about how satellite imagery changed over time during the migration of specific birds during spring. Diane Castelo-Branco, Maria Calvache, Mario Fuentes, and Peter Brandao are 7th and 8th graders. English is a second language to Portugese, Spanish, Russian and Polish for these and other students from Ann Street School, a close-knit inner-city public school in Newark.

Signals of Spring, funded by NASA, allows students to utilize earth imagery to explain the migratory movement of animals being tracked by satellite. The student winners focused their investigations on Snoopy the Osprey and Zoe the Sandhill Crane. The web site for the investigations and the animal tracking is:

Signals of Spring was designed for inner-city schools to give students a sense of remote sensing and larger environmental perspectives. Inquiries about participation during Spring 2002 can be made by calling 800.707.8519, or on the web site.

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