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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