End Point is pleased to be participating in ASTC 2017, alongside our partners BWC Visual Technology. ASTC, which stands for the Association of Science-Technology Centers, is holding their annual conference at The Tech Museum of Innovation, located in San Jose, CA. We were excited to hear that the conference takes place at The Tech Museum, as we have a Liquid Galaxy set up in the museum!A 3-screen desktop Liquid Galaxy display will be set up by Liquid Galaxy Engineer Josh Ausborne at Booth 1103. This display will be showcasing content that includes Sketchfab and Unity 3D Models, Cesium content with interactive weather data, 360 panoramic video, Google Earth/Google Streetview content, and engaging presentations about National Parks and National Marine Sanctuaries. We are very excited to be showcasing our technology with BWC Visual Technology. BWC is a distributor and licensed re-seller of state-of-the-art, interactive exhibit technology for museums and science centers. We have great respect for their team and technologies, and are excited to be showcasing Liquid Galaxy with them. Liquid Galaxy is currently featured in many science and technology centers around the world. Please view the information featured below to learn more. This handout will be available to all attendees at ASTC, and can be picked up at booth 1103.
Morristown-Beard first in the state to have Science on a Sphere
As another school year begins at Morristown Beard, students will have a fun new tool to play with, a massive display system globe that can be used to track weather patterns and other planetary data.Science On a Sphere is a system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a sphere that is 6 feet in diameter, giving the appearance of a giant animated globe. It was developed by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help illustrate the earth’s science to people of all ages.The carbon-fiber globe hangs suspended from the ceiling in the main room of Wilkie Hall, with projectors pointing at it from each corner. While the globe itself does not move, projections onto the globe give the illusion that it rotates just as the Earth does. The animations range from satellite imagery to radar to hurricane-tracking patterns.
The sphere comes with hundreds of data sets, with more continually added, which can be accessed through an app. Students and teachers are also able to create their own sets.“The best thing to do is give students the controls and just listen to them as they use it,” science teacher Jeff Yuhas said.Data that can be projected onto the sphere range from global wave patterns to a visual representation of the number of news articles written about a specific topic around the world.According to NOAA’s Science On a Sphere website, the estimated cost of the equipment needed to build the system is about $45,000. Morristown-Beard’s sphere was given to the school by an anonymous donor, according to the school’s news and information manager, Steve Patchett.A group of faculty and staff are trained to use Science On a Sphere. (Photo: Courtesy of Morristown-Beard)Morristown-Beard is the first in the state to have Science On a Sphere, according to Patchett. Only one other secondary school in the country has the tool. About 150 of them exist at the moment, but nearly all of them are at colleges and museums.“We are excited to introduce Science On a Sphere to Morristown-Beard School students this fall. It is pretty rare to see something like this in a classroom setting,” Headmaster Peter Caldwell said. “The science department has a vision of how it will be used, but the beauty is this will be used in all disciplines.”Science On a Sphere has been hanging in Wilkie Hall for a few weeks now, and the science department is already working on incorporating it into the curriculum when classes start Tuesday.The sphere will be used in several courses, from middle school geography to upper school environmental science. It was also be used for Morristown-Beard’s advanced seminar on planetary science and the school’s weather club, MB Weather Services.More: Morris events listings: Music, theater, kids' stuff, museums, parks, moreScience On a Sphere is also the focus of junior Michelle Corcoran’s independent study. She will develop a program using the sphere that can be shown to elementary school students.It will be open for all of the school’s faculty – not just the science department – to incorporate into their lessons, and can be used as a research tool for students. The goal is for the sphere to be used at all times throughout each school day. When it is not being used for classes, students will be allowed to explore it on their own.Caldwell said a long-term goal is to develop a summer program so students in the area have access to Science On a Sphere as well.Science On a Sphere will complement a new $12.6 million 25,000 square-foot math and science facility that will open on Tuesday, featuring several classrooms, labs, studios, and study spaces. The facility is part of a $20 million, five year campaign to renovate the school.Staff Writer Michael Izzo: 973-428-6636; mizzo@GannettNJ.com
In a small, cinder-block room tucked in a corner of the Trades and Advanced Technology Center at Santa Fe Community College, the whole world spins.Hurricanes whip up over Earth’s oceans and race toward landfall. Sea turtles swim from Mexico to Japan, adjusting their courses to follow shifting ocean temperatures. And beyond Earth’s atmosphere, the Great Red Spot swirls on Jupiter.In the center of this room, science lessons happen on the surface of a 6-foot sphere suspended from the ceiling.The Science On a Sphere installation is a three-dimensional projection system designed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to illustrate science on a planetary scale. The community college’s sphere is the 144th in the world and the only one in New Mexico.The school plans to use the device to teach both college and K-12 students, to build partnerships with area laboratories and businesses, and to afford students and teachers the opportunity to make 360-degree digital presentations.“It’s an amazing tool to visualize the things that are important here,” said Dr. Lenny Gannes, who chairs the community college’s science department. He sees the technology as a new medium for telling stories, using images and data to illustrate everything from climate change to the spread of disease to how Facebook friendships make connections around the globe.The Rev. Dr. Dave Wasserman, a local resident who had become familiar with the projection technology while volunteering with an organization in Texas, gathered a group of scientists and teachers here to advocate for an installation. Two and a half years later, Santa Fe Community College is about to publicly unveil the project.The system is made up of a 60-pound, suspended carbon-fiber globe; four projectors that make images and videos dance seamlessly across the spherical screen; and hundreds of data sets, images, illustrations and videos and computers that run the system and let users manipulate the projections.The project cost about $200,000 to install and was funded by the school, the SFCC Foundation and the state government, according to Dr. Ed Barker, a planetary astronomer and NASA contractor who chairs the Science On a Sphere advisory committee.Right now, the system mostly operates behind closed doors. Over the next few months, however, SFCC administrators plan to roll out education sessions with college students and K-12 students, particularly in Santa Fe Public Schools.“This tool is a way to engage the community to come study these programs,” said Jeremy Lovato, the college’s chief information officer. “There’s a lot of planning still ahead, but we’re happy that we’re finally releasing this to the public.”The school hopes local people will begin to develop their own data sets to display on the sphere. Already, one teacher is planning ways to map land use on New Mexico pueblos, and there have been discussions about mapping the spread of disease in the state. Students in the community college’s media arts programs also could create projects — stills or videos — that would project around the globe.Education is the primary focus of the globe — but within that scope, possibilities for projection are almost endless.“It really allows your imagination to run wild,” Barker said.And so far, he said, the sphere’s unveil has captured attention at all age ranges.“We don’t only have to protect it from the kids,” Barker said, gesturing to an artistic metal railing that keeps visitors a bit away from the globe itself. “Most of the adults want to rea …
In a completely black room at the 335th Training Squadron’s Weather Training Complex, a 48-inch carbon fiber globe hangs, suspended from the ceiling with projectors pointing at it from each corner, awaiting its Defense Department debut March 23, 2017. Science on a Sphere is the DOD’s newest weather training aid, using computers with high-end graphic cards and video projectors to display data onto the globe. Wing leadership is excited for the opportunity to provide the latest technology and innovative solutions to improve training for our students and instructors.“The system was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as an educational tool to help illustrate earth weather science through animations of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperatures,” said Capt. Caleb Tynes, a 335th TRS weather training instructor supervisor.While the globe itself does not move, the animations projected onto the globe give the illusion that the globe rotates just like the earth does. The system uses animations from more than 500 pre-constructed data packages to enhance the training environment. The animations range from satellite imagery to radar to hurricane tracking patterns.Although the system will not display in real-time, data can be saved to a disk and projected at any time.Instructors for Weather Initial Skills and Weather Officer Courses will use the system as a tool to help students gain an enhanced understanding of fundamental atmospheric and oceanographic processes.Maj. Sonia Walker, the Weather Training flight commander, hopes that bringing in an advanced visual tool will help students have a better understanding of how weather patterns work and how different products compare to one another.“I think the students are really going to enjoy it,” Walker said. “I think it’s going to be something cool that they will see and think, ‘Oh, that totally makes sense now, I understand what you’re talking about,’ instead of just seeing it on paper or a screen. They’ll see it in 3-D.”She hopes students will remember the visuals and gain a more in-depth understanding of how weather patterns work and how atmospheric conditions affect things like thunderstorms, allowing them to forecast in the operational environment with added confidence.Procurement and installation of the system has been a combined effort between the 335th TRS, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, 81st Training Support Squadron, 81st Communications Squadron, 85th Engineering Installation Squadron and the contractors, BWC Visual Technology. Keesler Air Force Base is an ideal home for the $105,000 Science on a Sphere system since all DOD weather students receive their training here.“We are proud and excited to be the first home for this innovative new tool for our weather students,” said Col. Michele Edmondson, the 81st Training Wing commander. “This will provide the students a visual tool unlike any other in military weather training and we are excited to unveil it.”