GIRLS AGES 9-14 INVITED TO SCIGIRLS “GLOBE AT NIGHT” PROGRAM
(February 11, 2013) – Area girls ages 9-14 are invited to a SciGirls “GLOBE at Night” program Tuesday, February 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the PARI campus. The monthly SciGirls programs are co-hosted by PARI and Transylvania County 4-H, and affiliated with the national effort to engage girls in science sponsored by Twin Cities Public Television.
“This special program will help the girls learn how to participate in GLOBE at Night, an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution,” said PARI Education Director Christi Whitworth. “We will be using PARI’s StarLab Planetarium to help the girls learn to identify the constellation Orion. They can then use that information this spring to report observations to the GLOBE at Night online system. In addition, the girls will be learning about light pollution, which not only threatens our view of the night sky but can also affect energy consumption, wildlife and health.”
The GLOBE at Night program is the most successful light pollution awareness campaign in the world. During the past seven years people in 115 countries have contributed more than 83,000 measurements of the night sky. For more information, visit www.globeatnight.org.
SciGirls events are scheduled the last Tuesday of each month during the school year. The participation fee is $10 per student. Program details, specific hours and registration details can be found on the PARI web site, www.pari.edu. Participants can register at www.pari.edu/programs/students/scigirls. Area teachers and parents are asked to encourage girls who may be interested. The national SciGirls web site is http://pbskids.org/scigirls.
The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is a public not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation established in 1998. Located in the Pisgah Forest 30 miles southwest of Asheville, NC, the PARI campus is a dark sky location for astronomy and was selected in 1962 by NASA as the site for one of the first U.S. satellite tracking facilities. Today, the 200 acre campus houses radio and optical telescopes, earth science instruments, 30 buildings, a fulltime staff and all the infrastructure necessary to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and research. PARI offers educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through post-graduate research.
The Astronomical Photographic Data Archive housed on the PARI campus is the North American repository for historic astronomical images. A member of the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative, PARI’s Exhibit Gallery displays a collection of rare meteorites and has been designated by NASA to receive Space Shuttle artifacts, many of which have flown in space. PARI is a partner in NC OPT-ED and is affiliated with the 16-campus University of North Carolina system through PARSEC, a UNC Center hosted at PARI.
For more information about PARI and its programs, visit www.pari.edu. Follow PARI on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Astronomy_PARI. “Like” PARI on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Pisgah.Astronomical.Research.Institute.
About Transylvania County 4-H
4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System based at each of our Land Grant Universities. For more than 100 years, 4-H has been at the forefront of teaching youth about science, engineering, and technology.
Open to young people from 5 to 18 years old, 4-H programs help develop leadership, citizenship and life skills. Locally, 4-H’ers are learning about science, horses, cooking, gardening, farming, leadership, action planning, public speaking and livestock judging. To find out more about 4-H opportunities contact 4-H Agent Mary Arnaudin at Mary_Arnaudin@ncsu.edu or call the Extension Center at 828-884-3109.