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Come to the "Citizen Science in the Classroom" Workshop

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 13:11

Citizen-science is a rewardingly inclusive way to provide meaningful, hands-on, minds-on "science process" experiences for students in semester-long classes.

One such program is Globe at Night, an international campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by having people measure night-sky brightness and submit observations from a computer or smartphone. Students can use the data to monitor levels of light pollution around the worldand to understand light pollution's effects on energy consumption, plants, wildlife, human health, and our ability to enjoy a starry night sky. Projects compare Globe at Night data with groundtruthing using meters for an energy audit as well as with data on birds, population density, satellite data, and trends over time.

A workshop will be held at the 224th AAS meeting in Boston on Sunday afternoon, 1 June, to introduce the resources by which college instructors and high-school teachers can participate in these projects and activities with their students. The workshop runs from 1 pm to 5 pm in the Empire Room on the 7th floor of the Westin Copley Place and costs $35.

Constance E. Walker
NOAO, International Dark-Sky Assoc. BOD, Astronomical Society of the Pacific BOD