QRV: Newbie YL Perspectives on Becoming a Ham Citizen Scientist

TitleQRV: Newbie YL Perspectives on Becoming a Ham Citizen Scientist
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2021
AuthorsBrandt, L, MacDonald, E, Atkisson, C
Conference NameHamSCI Workshop 2021
Date Published03/2021
Conference LocationScranton, PA (Virtual)

An aurora scientist, a teacher, and a museum educator walk into a ham radio class…and end up with more than just their Technician licenses! Dr. Liz MacDonald, founder of the aurora citizen science project Aurorasaurus, approached licensing as a plasma physicist, while 5th grade teacher Connie Atkisson and Laura Brandt, the Aurorasaurus project manager, had little prior experience with physics. The different ways they approached the process in 2020—and their various goals for being licensed—provide useful context for the evolving broader community and for citizen science. Join Liz and Laura in conversation about the surprises they encountered while studying for their licenses, how aurora and amateur radio citizen science can collaborate more closely, and ideas drawn from classroom teaching and museum education that hams can use when reaching out to the general public. 

Refereed DesignationNon-Refereed
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