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Suggestions for Simple Outreach/Education Activities in Your Community

Can't figure out how to get involved? Here are some ideas...

  • Give a classroom or assembly presentation at a local school -- Use the "Making Sun-Earth Connections" CD-ROM as the basis for a presentation, and add slides about your own research, laboratory/instrument, career, etc.

  • Offer to assist or participate in a local museum event or an amateur astronomy meeting

  • Invite local teachers or students to your laboratory to learn more about your science and how they might get involved with it (or how they might use your data sets for classroom activities)

  • Set up a poster display or video/computer kiosk at a library, museum, campus building, or school

  • Give a public lecture or multimedia presentation

  • Contact your local newspaper and write an article or editorial about Sun-Earth science...and why the public should continue to support it

  • Host a science workshop for local teachers or gifted & talented students

  • Participate in a web chat...or start one of your own

  • Serve as a live or virtual (by email) mentor to students, teachers, young scientists

  • Ask your local PBS or public access television station to air documentaries about solar-terrestrial science

  • Set up a solar-observing telescope in a public venue (outside a mall, in a park, in a busy downtown shopping/tourist district), or allow a public/community group to have access to your telescopes/observatory

  • Offer yourself for an interview on local radio or television stations

    You can find more ideas for this event and for your future outreach activities by visiting Resources for Scientist.