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The CIE National Committee of New Zealand (International Commission of Illumination) is supporting a program developed by the NOAO to promote Education & Public engagement on better quality lighting. The kit was inspired by the International Year of Light and was funded by the Optical Society of America (OSA) Foundation, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). Using quality lighting, the QLT kit allows students to creatively problem-solve six realistic cases on how light pollution affects wildlife, the night sky, our eyes, energy consumption, safety, and light trespass into buildings.
The activities are optimized for 11-13 year olds but can be expanded to a year younger and a few years older. Most of the activities can be done within in a few minutes with the exception of the Energy Activity. The activities can be done during class or in an afterschool program and as stations that the students rotate through or as stand-alones, one at a time. The goal is to increase student and public awareness of light pollution issues and “quality lighting” solutions. There is an extensive support for the kit contents and activities at this website address: http://www.noao.edu/education/qltkit.php.
CIE-NZ will be very interested to promote this initiative through New Zealand, and will be glad to loan the kit.
Please contact me for further information.
Dr. Francois Shindo
Photometry & Radiometry
Measurement Standards Laboratory
DDI: 04 9313732