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The NVO for Schools, Informal Science Centers, Planetaria, including and Remote and Local Telescopes:The National Virtual Observatoryand Hands-On Universe (HOU) UC Berkeley

Building Meaningful Use and Understanding of NVOData through Use of Telescopes and Image Processing in Schools, Science Centers and Planetaria

brought to you by the:

US National Science FoundationEducation and Human ResourcesElementary, Secondary and Informal Sciences Education


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NVO: A Revolutionary Development. including and Remote and Local Telescopes:With Arguably Unprecedented Public/Educational Outreach Capability:Why not meaningfully reach many, many people, (instead of just 10,000 Astronomers) with high quality data?

Professional Quality Data

Hands-On Universe Interfaces,training,

activities,communities you!

Humans, students

Just putting stuff

On the web bombs!!

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Hands-On Universe Tools -- see including and Remote and Local Telescopes:

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Hands-On Universe Resources --What have we got to share with the NVO?

  • Image processing software (C++ and IDL based)

  • Master Teacher Corp of 22 Teacher Resource Agents

  • (many have been with the project for ~ 7 years)

  • Curriculum for High School

  • Real Astronomy Experience for Informal Science Centers

  • Growing Telescope Network (RTML!!)

  • Teacher workshops

  • On-line teacher workshops!!

  • Growing Alliance with Starry Nights/Maxim DL/Bob Denny

  • 700 Trained HOU teachers in the US

  • Another 500 trained teachers around the world

  • Some good discoveries -- young women have found supernovae, asteroids, etc.

  • Knowledge of how to make astronomy work in school environments

  • TIMSS Evaluation

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On-Line Course the NVO?

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TIMSS Results -- On-Line Training of Teachers Seems to the NVO?as Effective as Face-to-face workshops, as measured by Student Performance

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Of great interest to teachers and Students: the NVO?

  • Real Research

  • Non-analyzed data (save a portion of the sky for kids??

  • e.g., Quark Net will probably save a trigger for kids)

  • Sense of adventure and discovery

  • Light Curves!!! Transient Objects

  • Seamless connections to real telescopes (Aussie VO ideas)

  • FTS not Jpeg!!

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Some Underpinnings of Hands-On Universe the NVO?(courtesy of NSF ESIE)

  • People learn science best by doing aspects of science with modern tools

  • The least powerful deserve the most powerful tools

  • Scientists can share their sense of exploration, their sense of joy with students and the public

  • There is always an opportunity to make a small or large discovery.

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HOU Pre-NVO and new technology the NVO?

  • High Bandwidth Networking -- video conferencing experiments with teacher training -- we trained a group of teachers using Polycom-based one-day workshop.

  • Resources that genuinely need computing to succeed

  • Data bases

  • Automated Telescopes

  • CCD Image Cameras

  • Teacher support networks using the internet

  • On-Line courses

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Optimistic Signs the NVO?

  • Teachers like astronomy and others are eager to change

  • Students know computers and networking are the future

  • We have many resources that are available and are working

  • NVO!!!!

  • Small remote telescopes (RTML)

  • Internet enables unprecedented level of

    • Access

    • Communication

    • Collaboration -- if we do it right and carefully

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Why Astronomy? the NVO?They like it better than other sciences in school1= HOU provided Less, 5= HOU provided more:

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Why Astronomy 2 the NVO?:

  • From Master’s Thesis of Curtis Craig, early in HOU -- young women thrived at it.

  • HOU is thriving in some inner cities of US and France with a diverse audience.

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What Does HOU have to gain from the NVO? the NVO?

  • New unprecedented set of great data for universal access

  • Possible collaborations and linkages to more scientists, educators, and other institutions

  • Data base and infomatics for kids

  • Better Collaborations

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Resources to Supplement IVO for Public Venues: the NVO?HOU/RAE to the Rescue

  • HOU IP Software

  • HOU On-line and face to face workshops -- scalability!

  • Web-site (

  • Data Base

  • Video Conferencing

  • Growing world of small telescopes, too (Monet, etc.)

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Ladder of Cognition: the NVO?

Narrabri Remote Telescope in

Australia at ANTF

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Visitor Software the NVO?

  • Maxim DL (easy version) Image Processing

  • Starry Night Planeataria software for requests and understanding sky and interacting with IVO

  • Instant Telescope Control Software

  • Data Base (HOU and IVO!)

  • Video Conferencing with remote telescopes

  • Control of Observatory Cameras

  • Take home images, software, etc.

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Starry Nights the NVO?

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Starry Nights the NVO?

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Supernova and HOU IP! the NVO?

  • Before

  • After

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Data Base the NVO?

  • on-line images, requests, learning, etc.!

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  • FS144: are not esoteric to kids!

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Asteroid Search Download Page are not esoteric to kids!

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Kids and Supernovae are not esoteric to kids!

  • Important Objects (in the California standards!)

  • They create all of the matter of the universe -- you and I are star children

  • Kids and Teachers love them

  • They teach science and math kids have to learn anyway

  • Kids have found them

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Use in Classrooms and RAE are not esoteric to kids!

  • Students/visitors rediscover a supernova in existing data or evolving data

  • Slowly building a student-based supernova search

  • Use supernova images to find asteroids

  • Connect with Berkeley supernova groups and science

  • Scale to AGN’s and all other transient objects

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Small Telescopes Can Supplement NVO Data are not esoteric to kids!

  • Follow up asteroids, variable AGN’s, stars, etc.

  • Make science more valuable and immediate

  • Exciting

  • Teaches more inquiry- based science

  • RTML (Remote Telescope Markup Language

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More that NVO Do for HOU: are not esoteric to kids!

  • Excel -->> SQL Cross-compilers/interpreters be able to make a global search on stars that vary, search on absolute magnitudes, search on any reasonable derived attribute. Jim Gray says it is possible.

  • Utilize some Grid technology to establish up-link/server sites to consolidate data that cannot be put on a stable server at users “observatory” -- do photometry, astrometry, etc.

  • Click on a Starry Night Star, and get all of the data ever taken on this, from every observatory or satellite in the world

  • Be open to formative evaluation to make this operation successful -- establish a working group with funding for travel

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The Future is Incredibly Bright are not esoteric to kids!

  • There will be hiccups

  • We can prove stuff works and succeeds better than “normal” informal science education soon!

  • It will be a great journey together