Call for Proposals for the “Turn on the Night” Kit

Credit:V. Grigore (SARM)

Summary: The purpose of this call is to assist individuals and organizations in acquiring the “Turn on the Night” educational kit. Light pollution is slowly causing our starry night skies to fade away. With simple solutions that light responsibly, we can reclaim and preserve dark, starry night skies. The kit immerses students and the general public in experiencing light pollution issues and solutions.

Description of the Kit: Based on the Quality Lighting Teaching Kit developed by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Turn on the Night kit will be released for market by the manufacturer, Laser Classroom, in the early spring of 2019. The activities in the “Turn on the Night” kit allow students and the public to address real lighting problems that relate to sky glow, glare, light trespass and energy consumption. The activities are designed around problem-based learning scenarios. The activities are optimized for 11-18 year olds but can be expanded to older individuals. Most of the activities can be done within in a few minutes during class or afterschool and as stations or as stand-alones. Everything you need for the activities is included in the kit. Tutorial videos on activities in the predecessor kit (the “Quality Lighting Teaching Kit”) show how to do the activities and can be found at www.noao.edu/education/qltkit.php.

The IAU100 special call: The IAU100 has made special arrangements in providing opportunities to make the “Turn on the Night” kit available for (1) purchases with special discount only at production cost (about 200 kits) and (2) about 50 kits for free distribution for educators who are in needed. For those who want to receive the kits at no cost or purchase them at cost, please file in the application below and provide justification.

Deadline:1 March 2019.

Expectations:
By signing up for the program, once you receive a kit, here are the expectations:

  • Look over all kit materials and if there are questions, ask darkskies4all@iau.org.
  • If you have a classroom kit or the smaller kit for informal events, please use the kit activities in your own classroom(s), after school program(s) and/or informal education event(s) (such as with star parties, science centers, nature centers, national and state parks, astronomy clubs and various children’s clubs). Then lend the kit out to other educators in your school or other organizations to be used as many times as possible (10?) per year. Don’t forget to register the activity at the IAU100 Event calendar.
  • After using the Turn on the Night kit activities for a class, after school program or informal event, please send photos of the experience to and fill out the very brief feedback form on www.darkskies4all.org. The form (available later) will include questions like:
    • Where, when and for how long was it used? With how many students and with what age groups?
    • How well did it work overall; what did and did not work; and how to improve it?
    • What about the activities did students enjoy? Would you use it again? How well did the activities support student learning?
  • We also encourage the organisation of activities around the UNESCO International Day of Light 16 May.

For enquiries, please contact darkskies4all@iau.org.