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Using Remote Sensing to Determine Topography (Developed by SEPUP)

kit #444S

Students are introduced to remote sensing through a hands-on activity that allows them to collect data about concealed landforms then use it to create visualizations of the landforms. Each student group collects data that allows them to construct a line graph showing a profile across the landform. Then the class data is combined so that students have enough data to create a false-color topographical map of the surface of the landform. This remote sensing measuring technique is related to applications in earth science, oceanography, and space science as students compare their false color map to a topographic map.


  • Technology, such as remote sensing, is essential to science because it provides instruments that enable observations of objects and phenomena that are otherwise unobservable
  • Scientists organize and summarize data using tables and maps
  • Science and technology are reciprocal and are often inspired by societal challenges and priorities
  • Scientists test their explanations of nature using observations and models

Content List in Using Remote Sensing to Determine Topography (Developed by SEPUP) is as follows:

Quantity Description
12 LAB-AIDS® Measuring Probes
6 LAB-AIDS® Remote Sensing Devices with the following parts:
1 Landforms Model
1 Mystery Box
1 Platform Box
6 Colored pencil sets (red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, and brown)
1 Transparency 1: Height of Surface Measurements of Planet Surface
1 Transparency 2: False-Color Topographic Map of the Planet Surface
28 Student Worksheet and Guides
1 Teacher’s Guide
Recommended number of Students
24 maximum per class
Number of groups
6 per class
Number of classes
unlimited (no consumable materials)

To complete this kit requires one to two ~50-minute class periods.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Using Remote Sensing to Determine Topography 444S $187.05
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