Canada Arm.pngHotPopRobot Team will be giving 2 presentations at the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) being held in St. Louis, Missouri USA from 25 -29 May 2017. In additional we will be conducting a workshop for middle school students under the NextGen Track.

Our presentations will be based on our projects on space and science we have undertaken in the past four years, including those which won awards at the NASA Space Apps Challenge, Canadian Space Apps Challenge, Maker Festivals, Climate Hackathon and Hardware Hackathon.

  • Making Sense of Data from Space: The Citizen Science Approach

Satellites orbiting the Earth generate vast sets of scientific information. Many of these data sets are available under Open Source licenses allow users to access, modify, and share data and code. NASA itself promotes broader utilization of its data archives by researchers and students globally by make it available easily through web and applications programming interfaces (APIs). How can a common citizen with interest in space and science utilize this data? Can a citizen scientist use this data to solve some of the global  or local challenges? Find out in our presentation on the citizen-science approach to space data.

  • Maker Families: Building Together on Space, Science, and Technology

We will present some of the Space Projects we have created using household objects, microprocessors and programming (and which won Awards at NASA Space Apps and Maker Festivals). These projects could be carried out at home and in schools to bring practical, do it yourself knowledge on Space and Astronomy among educators, mentors and parents. The focus is on science education and outreach in our everyday conversations, and on raising the NextGen who are creators and makers in the Space Arena rather than simply consumers of technology. 

  • Workshop: Do It Yourself Astronomy: Learn more about stars!

Spectroscope1In this workshop under the NextGen Tracks, we will be teaching students how to build their own Spectroscopes using Cardboard Tubes and CD-ROMs. They will be able to look at spectrum of different lights. Through this experiment, they will be able to learn other aspects of Astronomy, including star temperature, age of the star, its composition etc. 

Students will also be able to learn about Exoplanets and how spectroscopy is being used to find more about the atmosphere of the exoplanets, and this technique could one day be used for detecting signatures of life on these planets.

More details about ISDC 2017 and the program schedule at: http://isdc2017.nss.org/

 

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