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The Quality Lighting Teaching Kit: enlightening our future
Author(s): Constance E. Walker; Stephen M. Pompea

Paper Abstract

The U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory’s Education and Public Outreach group has produced a Quality Lighting Teaching (QLT) Kit, as an outcome of the International Year of Light 2015. The kits are designed around problem-based learning scenarios. The kit’s six activities allow students to address real lighting problems that relate to wildlife, sky glow, aging eyes, energy consumption, safety, and light trespass. The activities are optimized for 11-14 year olds but can be expanded to younger and older. Most of the activities can be done within in a few minutes with the exception of the Energy Activity. The activities can be done during class or afterschool and as stations (that the students rotate through) or as stand-alones (one at a time). All aspects of the program are as ready-for-use. Everything you need for the six activities is included in the kit. Tutorial videos (on the program’s webpage) have been created on how to do the activities. They can be found on the webpage, Fourteen Google+ Hangouts on Air have been offered, addressing questions on the activities and logistics. Assessments (in the form of pre- and post-surveys for the students and as post-surveys for the instructors) provide learning outcomes and improvements. Eighty-nine out of 100 kits have been distributed to SPIE, OSA, CIE, IDA and the IAU in 31 countries. The QLT Kit is a stepping-stone to bring awareness to the (younger) public on how quality lighting locally can redress issues like light pollution globally.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2016
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9946, Optics Education and Outreach IV, 99460Q (27 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2248490
Show Author Affiliations
Constance E. Walker, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Stephen M. Pompea, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9946:
Optics Education and Outreach IV
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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