2023 SAG Award Winners

Anderson W. Clark Magnet High School

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Project Goal

The goal of the GIS program at Clark Magnet High School is to give students a skillset they can apply to any one of the 15 industry sectors they may choose as their career path. In the capstone course, Honors Environmental GIS, students identify an environmental issue and use GIS to take action towards implementing a positive change.

In our latest project, students programmed Arduino sensors to record methane emissions. They 3D printed a CubeSat frame to hold the electronics and designed a clamp using CADD software, then used CNC milling to produce the clamp that attached the CubeSat to our DJI Inspire 2 UAV. Students used Esri’s Site Scan software to fly the UAV, collecting methane data throughout our study areas. After testing out the system on our school campus, multiple runs were flown over the Aliso Canyon gas wells, site of the 2015 gas leak disaster. The data was visualized in an interpolation map and presented as a story map.
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Business Problem Solved

The problem that was addressed in this project was that the Aliso Canyon gas wells are right next to the Porter Ranch community. A new development is currently under construction that backs up to the hills where the gas wells are located. Students at Clark Magnet have demonstrated a low cost effective way to monitor methane levels in this area.

The proposal for the Monitoring Methane Emissions project was selected as a winner for the 2021 NASA TechRise Challenge and our payload will be flying on the RavenStar high altitude balloon to monitor methane levels in the stratosphere over South Dakota.

Technology Implemented

Site Scan, ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online

Development Team Biography

Dominique Evans-Bye is an academic and Career Technical Education teacher at Clark Magnet High School, a Title I, High Achieving Science and Technology Magnet. She has created a three-course CTE GIS pathway, Honors Geography of Disasters, Honors GIS & Remote Sensing and Honors Environmental GIS. She also teaches Biology and AP Environmental Science.
Ms. Evans-Bye has been a public safety diver since 1992. She works on remote sensing operations with SAR and is trained to use specialized technology. She shares this technology with her students. She and her students’ work has been featured in paper, poster and keynote presentations at Esri and other conferences.
As a Science for Society and the Public Fellow, and a Citizen Science Teaching Fellow, she is a strong advocate for student research. She is the recipient of The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators and The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.