Award-winning Science Projects – Northern Academy
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The Northern Horizon (formerly A World Bridge) is an international award-winning program that uses advanced teaching methods and incorporates real-world projects involving NASA, industry and government partners.

The Northern Horizon program is pleased to announce that on January 2, 2020, the network of Earthquake Signal Precursor stations in San Jose, CA, successfully recorded pre-earthquake signals 17 hours before a 3.9 magnitude earthquake. These highly sophisticated magnetic field monitoring stations are designed, built and tested by Northern Horizon students.

Each station delivers around 13 million data records / day. The data is analyzed and then visualized in real-time using NASA’s WorldWind 4D geospatial platform, all thanks to the programming expertise of Northern Horizon students. The data generated by these stations are currently under study and analysis by scientists from NASA Ames Research Center and other organizations, who are also serving as mentors for our students.

Awards and Recognition

The 4th and 5th Place Award in World Challenge Finland 2018


Out of 35 international university and business entries, the two projects done by Northern Academy students in the Northern Horizon program were awarded:

  • USGS-NASA Data Visualization: 4th Place, trophy winner and monetary prize
  • United Nations FAO Invasive Species: 5th Place, trophy winner and monetary prize

The World Challenge is an opportunity for students, academia and industry to deliver brilliant innovative solutions that support the mission of the United Nations – especially in the areas of world peace, health, ecology, education and sustainability. The finalist teams get a one-week, all-expense paid trip to Finland for the climax of the Challenge.

World Challenge Finland is organized by Digital Forum Finland and Ultrahack. Partners include Business Finland, ESA Business Incubation Center Finland, Turku Business Region, EIT Digital, Finnish Meteorological Institute, National Land Survey of Finland, Nokia, CGI, Espoo Marketing, Reaktor Space Lab, GISdevio, City of Helsinki, City of Vantaa, Aalto University, Aalto Startup Center, Microsoft, Vaisala, IBM Finland, University of Helsinki, Clarion Helsinki, SSF, Space Nation, FLIC, Halti and Finnair.

Science Students Awarded by NASA and UN

In April 2018, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) presented a pure crystal trophy for “World Class Performance” to the Northern Horizon program at Northern Academy. This is a rare honor only given to programs which are working on real-time NASA projects and providing new data and information which lead directly to solving international-level problems.

Northern Academy students in Northern Horizon program also received a certificate of thanks and appreciation from representatives in the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) for utilizing satellite and land-based data of invasive species, including Locusts and Fall Army Worm (FAW), to design and develop a new data acquisition and warning system with the NASA World Wind geospatial 3D platform.

Northern Horizon: Project Descriptions

International Real-time, Real-world Collaborative Projects

The Northern Horizon is an international infrastructure for learning, technology, 21st Century Skills, and advanced pedagogy.

The projects began in Alaska as the "America Bridge," where the process of developing initial models for the integration of international leadership, economic development, and education occurred. This project will provide the design and implementation of real-time, real-world project-based learning into curriculum, and simultaneously develop courseware for distance learning, built from ongoing, dynamic project content for synchronous and asynchronous delivery.

Northern Horizon is a planned project utilizing cooperation between state government offices, state education agencies, school boards associations including the Association of Alaska School Boards' Consortium for Digital Learning (CDL), the University of Alaska system, NASA Ames Research Center, the International Centre for Earth Simulation (ICES), Intelesense Technologies, NOAA and business partners including Trilogis SRI to develop a unique series of international models which integrate real-time economic, and educational systems, designed to accelerate both systems via international cooperation, collaboration and mutually beneficial projects.

  • Capacity building - ongoing planning and implementation of effective training programs with multiple levels of technology, as equitable as possible, layered based on need. Rapid-prototyping of training process is designed to accelerate adoption and acquisition of career-level skills.
  • Development of rapid-prototyping system for determining effectiveness of new or combinations of educational technology; provides an R&D program for technology applications, new STEM content and collaborative projects, and professional development/pedagogy.
  • Development of statewide and international Project Based Learning (PBL) curriculum repository and learning management system for teaching and learning, based on student/teacher developed content from real-world projects. Academic standards and objectives will be gradually converted into real-time/real-world project systems.