AAS 202nd Meeting, May 2003
Session 12 Engaging the Public: from Museums to the Classroom
Oral, Monday, May 26, 2003, 10:00-11:30am, 205/206

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[12.03] The Radio JOVE Project: A Worldwide, Ground-Based, Amateur, Decameter-Wavelength Radio Observatory Network

J. Thieman (NASA/GSFC), C. Higgins (Middle Tennessee State University), R. Flagg (RF Associates), J. Sky (Radio-Sky Publishing)

The Radio JOVE project began over four years ago as an education-centered program to inspire secondary school students' interest in space science through hands-on radio astronomy. Students build a radio receiver and antenna kit capable of receiving Jovian, solar, and galactic emissions at a frequency of 20.1 MHz. More than 500 of these kits have been distributed to students and interested observers (ages 10 through adult) in 24 countries. For those who are not comfortable building their own kit, the Radio JOVE project has made it possible to monitor real-time data and streaming audio online from professional radio telescopes in Florida (http://jupiter.kochi-ct.jp) and Hawaii (http://jupiter.wcc.hawaii.edu/newradiojove/main.html). Freely downloadable software called Radio-Skypipe (http://radiosky.com) emulates a chart recorder to monitor ones own radio telescope or the telescopes of other observers worldwide who send out their data over the Internet. A built-in chat feature allows the users to discuss their observations and results in real time. New software is being developed to allow network users to interactively view a multi-frequency spectroscopic display of the Hawaii radio telescope.

The Radio JOVE project is also partnering with NASA's Student Observation Network (http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/sunearthday/2003/networkintro.htm) in an effort to use online collaborations to monitor and track solar storms as a hands-on science experience for students.

We believe the amateur network data to be of value to the research community and would like to have students more directly connected to ongoing research projects to enhance their interest in participating. Results of the project and plans for the future will be highlighted.

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The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: thieman@nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov

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