Light Pollution


Title

Light Pollution

Author

José Gonçalves

Name of school

Agrupamento de Escolas de Eiriz, Baião

Description

Primary and Secondary school near the village of Baião (about 500 students. Students age: 6-14)

Goals

The goal of this project is to study the light pollution in our region.

It intends to involve the students in the scientific method and knowledge of some Physics and Astronomy.

Methods

Students must propose how to measure the light pollution and how to build a map.

They can visualize stars in some constellations and recorded it in a table, the light type and light fixtures use in their street as well. They can compare with technical data to know the power of the lamps and calculate the expense as well.

After the measurements and calculations should organize data in tables and / or graphics.

The information will be available to all the community, and some solutions will be provided by students.

Materials

Smartphones and computers

Assessment

Students must present their project in a poster to the school community.

ICT

Students will be use their phones to provide the geolocation their own observation, take pictures and record data.

The data will be gathered in a common document (Google Spreadsheet) and will be available to them.

The Google Fusion Table can provide information and maps to build the final work.

eTwinning

Mobility

Students must gather information by night. So, they need to observe the lights and stars in their street. They will be accompanied by their parents (for protection and assistance in geolocation of the observations).

Stakeholders

Success

Using this type of group and network work, we can build a map of light pollution in our region. The students are very involved in the tasks and young students are helped by the oldest ones.

Head-teacher

Students are engage in this kind of project.

Teachers

This is a great inquiry lesson by group working

Pupils

The mathematical equations come to have a meaning and the Physics is so simple.

Multimedia

Country

Portugal

Subject

STEM

Age

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14