2018 marks DEVELOP's 20th year. What began with three student interns in 1998 has evolved into a national program engaging hundreds of participants and partners each year. Throughout 2018, DEVELOP will recognize this event with multiple events and activities. Stay tuned here for details!
The DEVELOP Program will attend and showcase their work at the Annual Earth Science Application Showcase (AESAS) at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on August 1st! This summer 102 participants completed 28 projects working at 13 locations with 60+ project partners. Come and see some of our projects at AESAS!
For more information check out the AESAS schedule of events.
DEVELOP Day will provide a regional opportunity for current DEVELOPers, alumni, advisors, partners and others to recognize DEVELOP's 20th anniversary and each node's history and accomplishments. DEVELOP Day activities will take place throughout 2018.
The Virginia - Wise node will host its DEVELOP Day on August 8th in the Inn at Wise, located at 110 E Main St in Wise, Virginia.
The Alabama – Marshall Space Flight Center node hosted its DEVELOP Day on June 21st in the National Space and Science Technology Center (NSSTC) and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
The Georgia – Athens node hosted its DEVELOP Day on June 20th at the Jackson Street Building in the North Campus of University of Georgia.
The California – Ames node hosted its DEVELOP Day on June 19th at Building 3 from 2 to 4pm PT with a social after.
The Alabama - Mobile node will host its DEVELOP Day on June 19th at the Tricentennial Room at Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce in downtown Mobile from 10 to 12pm CST.
The Maryland – Goddard node recognized its DEVELOP Day on March 30th through multiple events. A Goddard-Langley joint spring term closeout took place at the NASA Goddard Visitor Center.
The North Carolina – NCEI node hosted its DEVELOP Day on March 23rd at the Collider. In alignment with ClimateCon 2018, DEVELOP teams from Asheville, NC, Athens, GA, and Wise, VA presented their projects in a joint close out.
The foundation for the DEVELOP Program began in the summer of 1998 when three student interns at the Langley Research Center co-authored a research paper titled The Practical Applications of Remote Sensing (Bauer et al., 1998). Concurrently, the Digital Earth Initiative, a federal interagency project dedicated to furthering humans' understanding of the planet, initiated an effort to increase public access to federal information about the Earth and the environment. With the shared focus of these two ventures, a proposal was submitted to combine the mission of NASA's Digital Earth Initiative and the Langley students' paper. This set the stage for the creation of a new student internship program within NASA, and in 1999 the DEVELOP Program was officially formed.
The early success of DEVELOP was due to the alignment of projects with the issues facing local and regional communities. DEVELOP gradually expanded from one office at Langley Research Center into a nationwide program that includes over 350 participants each year at twelve nodes. Today, the National Program Office (DEVELOP's Headquarters) is hosted at Langley, and oversees activity at all of DEVELOP's nodes. Since inception, over 3,200 participant positions have been provided globally, and the DEVELOP Program proactively looks for new opportunities to reach new communities and demonstrate the benefits of NASA's Earth Science research.