Name of school
Agrupamento de Escolas de Eiriz, Baião
Primary and Secondary school near the village of Baião (about 500 students. Students age: 6-14)
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.
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.
Smartphones and computers
Students must present their project in a poster to the school community.
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.
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).
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.
Students are engage in this kind of project.
This is a great inquiry lesson by group working
The mathematical equations come to have a meaning and the Physics is so simple.
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