AAS 197, January 2001
Session 98. Innovations in Teaching Astronomy II
Joint Oral, Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 1:30-3:00pm, Royal Palm 3/4

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[98.06] The Radio JOVE Project: Inexpensive Radio Astronomy for the Classroom

J.R. Thieman (NASA's GSFC), C.A. Higgins (Penn State U.), W. Pine (Chaffey High School)

Radio JOVE is an interactive, hands-on educational activity for learning the scientific method through the medium of radio astronomy observations of Jupiter and the sun. Students build a radio telescope from a relatively inexpensive non-profit kit (about $125) and use it to record data, analyze the data, and share the results with others. Alternatively, for no cost, the students can record and analyze data from remote radio telescopes connected to the Web. The project is a useful adjunct to activities in optical astronomy since students should recognize that we learn about the Universe through more than just the optical spectrum. In addition to supplementing knowledge of Jupiter and the sun, the project teaches about charged particles and magnetic fields. Building of the kit is also a mini-course in electronics. The Radio JOVE website (http://radiojove.gsfc.nasa.gov) contains science information, instruction manuals, observing guides, software, and education resources for students and teachers.

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