|Title||QRV: Newbie YL Perspectives on Becoming a Ham Citizen Scientist|
|Publication Type||Conference Proceedings|
|Year of Conference||2021|
|Authors||Brandt, L, MacDonald, E, Atkisson, C|
|Conference Name||HamSCI Workshop 2021|
|Conference Location||Scranton, 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.