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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[12.05] Two Years of SkyServer: Education and Outreach with Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data

M. J. Raddick, A. S. Szalay (Johns Hopkins University), J. N. Gray (Microsoft Bay Area Research Center), R. Sparks (The Prairie School), C. Lara (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory)

Since June 2001, the SkyServer website has offered the public unlimited access to the database of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). SkyServer includes a set of simple, intuitive tools for searching the database, including the Navigation Tool, a point-and-click interface to the sky. SkyServer also includes a set of educational projects that allow students from 4th grade through college to learn science using SDSS data.

Since SkyServer went online, it has received over 10 million hits, at a steadily increasing rate. Hundreds of classes around the world have used SkyServer projects, and many have used SkyServer to conduct original research that compares favorably with professionally published results.

In this talk, I will demonstrate SkyServer's features, discuss its usage and effectiveness, and share future plans and lessons learned. I look forward to meeting with outreach groups from other projects.

If you would like more information about this abstract, please follow the link to http://skyserver.sdss.org. This link was provided by the author. When you follow it, you will leave the Web site for this meeting; to return, you should use the Back comand on your browser.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: raddick@pha.jhu.edu

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