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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



NVO: A Revolutionary Development.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!!

hands on universe resources what have we got to share with the nvo
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
TIMSS Results -- On-Line Training of Teachers Seems to as Effective as Face-to-face workshops, as measured by Student Performance
of great interest to teachers and students
Of great interest to teachers and Students:
  • 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!!
some underpinnings of hands on universe courtesy of nsf esie
Some Underpinnings of Hands-On Universe (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.
hou pre nvo and new technology
HOU Pre-NVO and new technology
  • 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
optimistic signs
Optimistic Signs
  • 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
Why Astronomy?They like it better than other sciences in school1= HOU provided Less, 5= HOU provided more:
why astronomy 2
Why Astronomy 2:
  • 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.
what does hou have to gain from the nvo
What Does HOU have to gain from 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
resources to supplement ivo for public venues hou rae to the rescue
Resources to Supplement IVO for Public Venues: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.)
ladder of cognition
Ladder of Cognition:

Narrabri Remote Telescope in

Australia at ANTF

visitor software
Visitor Software
  • 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.
data base
Data Base
  • on-line images, requests, learning, etc.!
kids and supernovae
Kids and Supernovae
  • 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
use in classrooms and rae
Use in Classrooms and RAE
  • 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
small telescopes can supplement nvo data
Small Telescopes Can Supplement NVO Data
  • 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
more that nvo do for hou
More that NVO Do for HOU:
  • 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
the future is incredibly bright
The Future is Incredibly Bright
  • 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