Thursday, February 12, 2009
Bushfires and Astronomy Education
If anyone is interested in helping, please contact me and I will pass you on to the appropriate contact person.On Tuesday with the Gippsland bush fires, Westall Secondary Collegelost its school science telescope and all the astronomy equipmentamongst other buildings and equipment at our school campus at thetownship of Balook. After discussing this with my Research Sciencestudents, we considered that we need to work towards a replacement. Wecame up with an Arts - Technology project to work at turning our handstowards making our own low-power telescope as Galileo did. We wouldlike to use this technology to draw what we can see with our eyes,much as he did many years ago.Our school is already involved with the NASA CloudSat and GLOBEmissions With these projects we ground truth satellite images fromspace, collecting environmental data used with climate models. Acurriculum bridge to link new and old technologies that have helped usto change our view of the world and gives us a chance to celebrate thework by technologists, scientists and artists. We look forward to areplacement and engagement with some astronomy activities later in theyearIt would be great if we could run this as a larger, internationalproject and are calling for other interested people to join in.
The generosity of people in times of trial never ceases to astound me and fill me with warmth. Over at ScienceBlogs US-based Science Woman is hosting a fund raiser where anyone donation to the Australian Red Cross goes into the draw for two darwin T-shirts. Thanks Folks!
Keep up the good work.