Ideas for Student-Directed Night Vision Projects
Participants in the Night Vision program will
design their own means of reporting the results to the community. Below
are project ideas for consideration, but the list is by no means
- Create a project for the annual Intel
Science and Technology Fair.
- Design an activity that contributes toward a scouting badge requirement.
- Present your results to colleagues, friends, classmates.
- Create and contribute an outdoor lighting activity for inclusion at Paper
- Report your Night Vision results to the Great
Lakes Planetarium Association, either at its Annual Conference or at a state meeting.
- Report to a Homeowners Association, Business Association, or
- Create a new web page for inclusion at www.nightwise.org.
- Design supporting material for a future Night
- Create an exhibit to be displayed around the community.
- Measure and plot the sky glow at major sites that file for permits in your
county. Plot other regions to show existing light levels.
Compare before-and-after data, yet recognize the limits of the results.
- Address lighting issues that are in the news and the community's response; see gumwood.htm.
- Seek a commission to measure and plot an area. For example, approach
a neighborhood association to sponsor a sky glow survey near
emerging developments. Potential supporters and sites in St.
Joseph County, IN, include:
- Brendon Hills Park Homeowners Association near Heritage
- German Township residents near Portage Prairie (formerly Waggoner
- Boy Scouts of America near its proposed Boy Scouts Environmental Center at
Fredrickson Park in South Bend
- Mishawaka residents around the proposed St. Joseph Hospital
- Interview people of multiple interests about lighting issues.
Include time with architects, developers, retailers and other users and
providers of outdoor lighting.
- Interview electricity providers and municipal officials about their plans
for efficient street lighting in the future.
- Learn about something you've never heard of, such as "digital orthographic quadrangles
- Create a tutorial for mapping and analyzing data related to outdoor
lighting using a Geographic
Information Systems (GIS);
- Report to the St. Joseph County Council, which adopted a lighting
ordinance, or to the Mishawaka City Council, which has minimal lighting
- Create artwork that reflects your value of the night sky.
- Write an editorial for a local paper.
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