Project Mentors - Space Weather Monitors
United Nations Basic Space Science Initiative (UNBSSI),
IHY Education and Public Outreach Program,
and the United Nation's Office of Outer Space
International Space Weather Initiative, our monitors
are being deployed around the world, with an emphasis on
We have already placed over 300 SID and 25 AWESOME monitors.
like to arrange for Mentors to serve as contacts and support
for teachers and students in various developing regions
of the world who are using our monitors. An ideal Mentor
should have some, if not all, of the following capabilities:
Serve as a technical advisor
to teachers and their students on setting up monitor,
building their antenna, getting the system running,
and retrieving and calibrating initial data to assure
their instrument is functioning adequately. Most common
problems are identifying and eliminating electrical
interference and helping them identify local sunrise/sunset
as scientific advisor to teacher and students.
This might include helping them to understand the solar
phenomena & ionospheric phenomena they are observing,
helping to define research projects, helping them understand
the steps involved in undertaking their project(s),
and assisting with analyzing and interpreting their
as a role model and inspiration for students.
Science is fun and exciting and this project can be
the gateway for many students to go on to great careers
and opportunities in the science community. It would
be ideal if they could have contact with an adult who
is still fascinated by science.
support and encouragement to teachers. We have
great teachers in our monitor group and we know they
will have wonderful questions as the project progresses.
We would love for them to get answers and feedback as
fast as possible.
Serve as a go-between for the teacher/students, Solar
Center staff, and the rest of monitor community.
This might include facilitating communications; helping
with network access, if relevant and possible; providing
or tracking down answers to questions; and helping with
don't expect all our Mentors to play all these roles,
but rather to provide what their skills suggest. Some
guidance and assistance may be provided for those who
are unfamiliar with certain requirements. First and foremost
a Mentor should have a passion for science and a desire
to assist and inspire. A Mentor need not be local
-- in fact, most communication with the teacher and students
will be via email or telephone. We are attempting to find
ways to deal with the issue of languages.
you are interested in becoming a Mentor to a teacher and
classroom in a developing nation, or to a classroom in
the US, please contact Society
of Amateur Radio Astronomers.