Video-Enhanced Activities for Going Green
Episode: Star Power
SciGirls investigate how light pollution blocks their view of the stars.
Izzie reaches for the stars with Avianna and Miranda, as they help cut light pollution in their neighborhood. Guided by a graduate student in astrophysics, girls participate in a world wide star count to compare the amount of light pollution in five locations at various distances from the center of Boston. Using GPS technology and telescopes, the girls record their observations and draw conclusions about the effects that urban development has on star visibility. They contribute their data to a network of Citizen Scientists. Finally, the girls design a light shield that can help reduce light pollution in their community. Their collaboration with their mentor gives the girls insights into careers in physics and astronomy.
Episode Related Activity:
- Star Power (3.31M PDF)
Additional Going Green Activity:
- Light Bulb Challenge (2.67M PDF)
Watch the full episode or select video clips.
- SciGirls Want to Know: Scientific Inquiry Process (1.13M PDF)
- The SciGirls Seven: Strategies for Engaging Girls in STEM (1.48M PDF)
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