The Sun-Earth Connection: How Ionospheric Monitoring can Engage and Inspire
Students in Science and Engineering.
Mitchell, R; Scherrer, D; Clark, B; Styner, R;
Fotrell, S; Dave, T; Lee, S.; Scherrer, P; Winegarden, S
The Stanford Solar Center is introducing an educator-designed project
designed to reach underserved high school and community college students.
The program consists of a Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SID) instrument
that monitors, in real-time, solar-induced changes in the Earth's ionosphere.
The instrument and supporting documentation are provided without cost
to underserved schools. Students are required to build their own antenna
(low-cost and quick to make) and perform research with the monitor;
some engineering possibilities also exist with the monitor. Data collection
is centralized at Stanford to allow access to research data collected
by the various sites. The goal of the project is to inspire students
from diverse backgrounds to consider a college major in the sciences
toward a career in science or engineering. The project is supported by
NSF's Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling (CISM) and is an approved
project by the International Heliophysical Year, 2007.