Sources of Light Pollution asks "What's the Problem?",
"Why Should I Care?", and "What Can I Do?"
Projects page lists lots of demonstrations, activities, projects, and
science fair ideas for kids, including the highlights below:
There Be Night will create a planetarium program and a school
district-wide experiment to assess a community's sky glow during
IYA2009. With a contribution from Toyota and other supporters,
the experiment parallels the Globe at Night initiative. The
planetarium program will be distributed to facilities across the country,
while the students will assess sky glow from within the school district
Globe at Night is a worldwide campaign to observe and record
the magnitude of visible stars as a means of measuring light pollution in
a given location. The next star count is March
||Simple paper plate
demonstrations by an 8 year-old convey both the impact of glare and the benefits of
||For a science project named Sorry Starry
Night, a student measured the sky glow from seven sites adjacent to a new
||For the Night Vision program,
teams use hand-held Sky Quality Meters (SQMs) to measure the the amount of light reflected
back down to earth from multiple sites.
||Two students measure sky glow in
their community, then share results with their classmates in a portable
||List of ideas for student
presentations to the public helps jump-start student projects.
||Extended list of ideas
for student projects or academic fairs, with specific reference to
issues in northern Indiana.
Students of the Applied Democracy class at Watershed
Community School in Rockland, Maine used an SQM and a handheld GPS to map
sky glow in their town.
||Your stuff could be here! Please send
your ideas, links, and content to bueter"AT"nightwise.org.
Science News for Kids features a story about outdoor lighting issues and
provides supporting activities, links, and questions.
A Silent Cry for Dark Skies from the Universe in the Classroom series
(No. 74-Winter 2008) presents examples of how the natural world is impacted by
excessive outdoor lights. See also Light Pollution – Universe in
the Classroom No. 44, Fall 1998, at
America encourages everyone to turn off outdoor lights for one hour
on Saturday, March 29, 2008, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to promote energy
Energy chain illustrates
how only about 1% of initial energy extracted from earth makes its way to roadway
Local Light Pollution (in Riverside)
video on YouTube combines outdoor lighting images with narration by kids.
Several more videos are listed at videos.htm.
There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars, a children's book by Bob Crelin,
"offers hope and encouragement by describing simple things we can all do to
help bring back the stars." Available from Sky
Best practices in illumination for the Boy Scouts; dark sky camping and the
impact of light pollution on scout camps.
The earth seen at night shows vast amounts of wasted lighting lost to space.
The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) thoroughly
addresses lighting issues. There's a lot of material at this website (and
it's being renovated), but if you hunt around you'll find good stuff for kids.
Third-grader offers safe advice about curbing light pollution.
Students draw their interpretation of Orion and write an accompanying story.
Turtle Hatch Activity is a dynamic demonstration of how the presence of light
pollution affects sea turtle hatchlings. This activity works well with a
large group of kids.
Pupil dilation experiments demonstrate the effects of light pollution; from
the Campaign for Dark Skies.