Integrating Real-Time Environmental Data into an Educational Web Interface

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2023 International Conference on Environmental Systems

Modern, educational computer simulations can aid in advancing students’ engagement with STEAM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), as well as enable the integration of on-line teaching tools with a more standard curriculum. One current educational simulation, SIMOC (A Scalable, Interactive Model of an Off-world Community; ICES 2021) provides an interactive model of a Mars habitat. There are substantial complexities to living off-world, principally Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS), which SIMOC incorporates as an integral part of its simulation. A new version of SIMOC, developed in part by an Arizona State University software engineering capstone team, has coupled live instrumentation and data collection with the educational web interface hosted by National Geographic. The sensor array includes CO2, temperature, pressure, and relative humidity, which populate the existing SIMOC dashboard with live readings as components of a simulated life support system. This paper describes how real-life data can be provided to citizen-scientists, establishing a tangible interface between simulation and real-world systems. As described in this publication, the integration of real-world data into SIMOC will offer new and exciting opportunities for students to connect with concepts of interplanetary travel and habitats. This paper details the components integrated into SIMOC such that current and future classrooms may perform hands-on experimentation through use of in-classroom sensor arrays, and describes in-depth a classroom experience implementing this system with local sensors.

Meridith Greythorne, Over the Sun, LLC, USA
Gregory Ross, Over the Sun, LLC, USA
Ian Castellanos, Over the Sun, LLC, USA
Grant Hawkins, Over the Sun, LLC, USA
Ezio Melotti, Over the Sun, LLC, USA
Ryan Meneses, Over the Sun, LLC, USA
Kai Staats, Over the Sun, LLC, USA
Gretchen Hollingsworth, Barrow Arts & Sciences Academy, USA
ICES307: Collaboration, Education Outreach, and Public Engagement
The 52nd International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Calgary, Canada, on 16 July 2023 through 20 July 2023.
virtual classroom, distance learning, authentic science, engineering design, next generation science standards, NGSS, simulation, lunar habitat, mars habitat, blss, eclss, bioregenerative life support