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Paper: Hanny and the Mystery of the Voorwerp: Citizen Science in the Classroom
Volume: 457, Connecting People to Science
Page: 23
Authors: Costello, K.; Reilly, E.; Bracey, G.; Gay, P.
Abstract: The highly engaging graphic comic Hanny and the Mystery of the Voorwerp is the focus of an eight-day educational unit geared to middle level students. Activities in the unit link national astronomy standards to the citizen science Zooniverse website through tutorials that lead to analysis of real data online. NASA resources are also included in the unit. The content of the session focused on the terminology and concepts—galaxy formation, types and characteristics of galaxies, use of spectral analysis—needed to classify galaxies. Use of citizen science projects as tools to teach inquiry in the classroom was the primary focus of the workshop. The session included a hands-on experiment taken from the unit, including a NASA spectral analysis activity called “What's the Frequency, Roy G Biv?” In addition, presenters demonstrated the galaxy classification tools found in the “Galaxy Zoo” project at the Zooniverse citizen science website.
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