NOAA's SOS Users Collaborative Network Workshop Report

July 29-31, 2008
Honolulu and Hilo, HI

Picture of Thrid Day of Workshop at Imiloa

Summary

NOAA's Office of Education in partnership with the NOAA Pacific Services Center (PSC), Bishop Museum, and the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i hosted a workshop for the NOAA SOS Users Collaborative Network. The workshop took place in Hawaii on July 29-31, 2008. The workshop was designed to facilitate the continuation of the work done by the network to optimize utilization of spherical display systems to provide educational messages to informal science audiences.  Spherical display systems are sphere-shaped "screens" onto which global data and other imagery can be shown.

The workshop included demonstrations at two exhibits that feature NOAA's Science On a Sphere (SOS) system: the first at the Bishop Museum where the first two days of the workshop were held, and the second at the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i, the venue for the third day of the workshop.  There were 68 participants in attendance representing 30 different organizations, including informal science centers, federal, agencies, universities, and exhibit and visualization specialists.

This workshop report contains materials associated with the workshop, all of the presentations that were given during the workshop, and summary notes for each workshop session.  The materials that apply to the entire workshop are presented first, followed by the presentations and notes which are presented according to the order of the workshop sessions. You can also find logisitical information that was available leading up to this workshop here.

This was the second such workshop, the first of which took place in Baltimore, MD on January 22-24th, 2007. You can view the report from that first workshop here. You can learn more about NOAA's Science On a Sphere from the program Web site at: www.sos.noaa.gov.

If you have any questions about the workshop you can contact John McLaughlin of NOAA's Office of Education at John.McLaughlin@noaa.gov.

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Workshop Materials

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Presentations and Notes

(According to the order they appear in the agenda)

Day 1—July 29 @ the Bishop Museum (Honolulu)

Topic Presenting Organization Presenter Associated Files
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION CEREMONIES SESSION (8:30-10:20 AM) Notes from this session
Welcome, Opening, Meeting Objectives & Logistics NOAA Office of Education  John McLaughlin PowerPoint Presentation
Welcome Bishop Museum Blair D. Collis  None
Welcome NOAA Pacific Services Center Bill Thomas PowerPoint Presentation
Welcome from Office of Education Leadership & Questions & Answers Discussion NOAA Office of Education Louisa Koch (via video-conference) None
Plans for Spherical Display Program Development NOAA Office of Education Carrie McDougall PowerPoint Presentation
NOAA SOS Team presents on SOS: plans for software and hardware improvements & Q & A NOAA's Earth System Research Lab David Himes PowerPoint Presentation
INTRODUCTION PRESENTATIONS FROM INSTITUTIONS WITH SPHERICAL DISPLAY INSTALLATIONS (NOTE: In order of installation) (10:40 AM- 12:00 PM) Notes from this session
SOS at Nauticus Nauticus - The National Maritime Center Peter Leighton PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at the SMM Science Museum of Minnesota Pat Hamilton PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at the Tech The Tech Museum of Innovation Mike Drennan PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at the MSC Maryland Science Center Roberta Cooks PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at the NASA Goddard Visitors Center NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Maurice Henderson PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary NOAA's Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center Russ Green PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at James Madison Univ. James Madison University CJ Brodrick PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at McWane Science Center McWane Science Center Lawrence Cooper PowerPoint Presentation
SESSION ON VIRTUAL WORLDS (1:00-1:30 PM) Notes from this session
Virtual SOS & Discussion NOAA's Earth System Research Lab Eric Hackathorn (via Second Life) Overview Page for NOAA's Second Life Island
INTRODUCTION PRESENTATIONS FROM INSTITUTIONS WITH SPHERICAL DISPLAY INSTALLATIONS CONTINUED (1:30 PM- 4:39 PM) Notes from this session
Virtual SOS & Discussion NOAA's Earth System Research Lab Eric Hackathorn (via Second Life) PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at the Fiske Planetarium Fiske Planetarium and Science Center of Colorado University Doug Duncan PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at the Museum of Science and Industry The Museum of Science and Industry Melanie Walker & Heather Barnes PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at NOAA's National Severe Storms Lab NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory Daphne Thompson PowerPoint Presentation and associated video
SOS at Clark Planetarium Clark Planetarium Robert Morris PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at the Bishop   Bishop Museum Leon Geschwind & Mike Shanahan None
SOS at the Lawrence Hall of Science Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley Gretchen Walker PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at the National Renewable Energy Lab National Renewable Energy Lab, Dept. of Energy Joe Verrengia PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at the Smithsonian Ocean Hall Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Bill Watson PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at Whitaker Center Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts Steve Bishop PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at NC Aquarium North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island Andrea Hitt PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at Smithsonian Zoo Smithsonian National Zoological Park  John McLaughlin in place of Miles Roberts PowerPoint Presentation
Magic Planet at Hatfield Marine Science Center Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State Univ. Nancee Hunter PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at Boonshoft Museum Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Susan Pion PowerPoint Presentation
SOS at the Wildlife Experience Wildlife Experience Jessica Clark & David Farquharson PowerPoint Presentation
CLOSING SESSION (4:39-4:44 PM) Notes from this session
Closing Remarks NOAA Office of Education  John McLaughlin None

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Day 2 —July 30 @ the Bishop Museum (Honolulu)

Topic Presenting Organization Presenter Associated Files
CREATING NEW CONTENT (8:30-10:35 AM) Notes from this session
New datasets in the SOS library & Discussion NOAA's Earth System Research Lab Beth Russell PowerPoint Presentation (note: not shown during workshop)
New Content Modules to be Created American Museum of Natural History  Ned Gardiner

Introduction,
PowerPoint Presentation,
associated video1,
and associated video2,

New Content Modules to be Created Bishop Museum Mike Shanahan & Leon Geschwind PowerPoint Presentation
New Content Modules to be Created Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley Gretchen Walker PowerPoint Presentation
SPHERE CASTING (10:50 AM- 12:00 PM) Notes from this session
Introduction to Sphere Casting NOAA's Earth System Research Lab David Himes None
Keynote & Sphere casting Demonstration & Q & A NOAA's Earth System Research Lab Sandy MacDonald None
LINKING WITH FORMAL EDUCATION EFFORTS AND ADDITIONAL CONTENT SOURCES (1:00-2:10 PM) Notes from this session
Teachers and Students Building Interactive Content

Global Imagination Mike Foody PowerPoint Presentation, and associated URL on blog about touch-screen sphere
Magic Planet Lesson Plans, Formal Eduction Connections, and New Content NOAA Pacific Services Center (PSC) Matthew McBride & Shannan Lewinski PowerPoint Presentation1,
PowerPoint Presentation2, and
Steps to Play SOS Content on Magic Planet
PBS Presentation Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Donelle Blubaugh  URLs from Presentation
EVALUATION (2:10 PM- 3:25 PM) Notes from this session
SOS Program Evaluation Institute for Learning Innovation Kate Haley Goldman PowerPoint Presentation
Content Research & Evaluation of spherical displays Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State Univ. Céleste Barthel PowerPoint Presentation, and URL to video on visual recognition experiment
Science Museum of Minnesota Formative Evaluation Science Museum of Minnesota Pat Hamilton PowerPoint Presentation
General discussion on program evaluation None
BREAK-OUT GROUPS SET #1 (3:40-5:00 PM)  
Selection of break-out group topics Notes from this segment
Break-out group 1a--SOS System Issues and Improvements Notes from this break-out group
Break-out group 1b--Docent Training and Quality Control Notes from this break-out group
CLOSING SESSION (5:00-5:05 PM) Notes from this session
Closing Remarks NOAA Office of Education  John McLaughlin None

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Day 3 —July 31 @ the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i (Hilo)

Topic Presenting Organization Presenter Associated Files
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION (9:00-9:40 AM) Notes from this session
Welcome to 'Imiloa Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i Ka'iu Kimura None
SOS at Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i Pomai Kajiyama

Hula Content Piece,
Mars Content Piece,
and Hokulea Content Piece

RESOURCES FROM NOAA (9:40 AM- 10:50 PM) Notes from this session
Climate Change content for spherical displays NOAA Climate Program Office & Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) Frank Niepold & Keith Dixon PowerPoint Presentation,
associated video1,
and associated video2,
NOAA's Environmental Visualization Program Products: New Corals Module and Visualization Pieces for Smithsonian Ocean Hall NOAA Environmental Visualization Program Dan Pisut  PowerPoint Presentation,
associated video1
,
associated video2,
and associated video3,
Resources from the IDEA Center NOAA Pacific Islands IDEA (Integrated Data and Environmental Assessment) Center Lynn Nakagawa  PowerPoint Presentation
BREAK-OUT GROUPS SET #2 (11:05-12:30 PM)  
Break-out Group 2a-Future of the SOS network Notes from this break-out group being reviewed and will be added.
Break-out Group 2b-Increasing interactivity with and designing exhibit space for SOS sytem Notes from this break-out group, also hurricane interactive piece shown by Rick
NEW CONTENT RESOURCES (12:45 PM- 2:31 PM) Notes from this session
Artistic Pieces from Clark Planetarium Clark Planetarium Robert Morris None
Chapter 1 of Ocean Hall Content Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Bill Watson None
Real-time tsunami data NOAA and Bishop Museum Leon Geschwind and Nathan Becker PowerPoint Presentation
Content From NASA Goddard  NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Maurice Henderson Numerous pieces in SOS Content Library
Overview of Upcoming "FROZEN" Production NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Michael Starobin PowerPoint Presentation
New Content From SSEC Univ. of Wisconsin Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC)
Rick Kohrs PowerPoint Presentation, Satellites Content Piece, and others to be added to SOS Content Library
Blue Planet Science Museum of Minnesota Pat Hamilton Blue Planet Content Piece
Energy Planet National Renewable Energy Lab, Dept. of Energy Joe Verrengia & Michael Starobin Coming soon to SOS Content Library
"Earth Revealed" Live Current Science Museum of Science and Industry Heather Barnes and Melanie Walker PowerPoint Presentation
Software for Creating High Production Value Content Global Imagination Mike Foody PowerPoint Presentation
WRAP-UP AND NEXT STEPS (2:31PM- 2:51 PM)  
Conclusions and Future Meetings NOAA Office of Education John McLaughlin PowerPoint Presentation (note: not shown during workshop)

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