AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 77 Astronomy for K-12
Poster, Thursday, June 3, 2004, 9:20am-4:00pm, Ballroom

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[77.06] Education and Public Outreach with THEMIS Ground-based research grade magnetometers

N. Craig, L.M Peticolas, V. Angelopoulos (UC Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory)

The THEMIS ground-based magnetometer array is unique in that 12 of the 20 magnetometers will be located at high schools and community colleges in the Northern United States as part of the THEMIS Education and Public Outreach plan. These magnetometers will help to teach students and teachers about ground-based arrays, auroral physics, and space physics in general. This large ground-based array, together with an extensive THEMIS all-sky camera array in Canada and Alaska, will be used to determine the onset of substorms when the five THEMIS satellites are conjugate to these stations in the magnetotail. Because the twelve magnetometers that will be housed in schools are research-grade magnetometers, teachers and students will be able to learn about substorms using the same data which scientists will use.

The schools are selected in rural areas in Alaska, Oregon, Maine as well as in high schools on Native American lands in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. Through these rural communities, we reach students, educators and community members who typically uderserved in science education.

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The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: outreach@ssl.berkeley.edu

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