Education and Public Outreach
The Icy Worlds E/PO program focuses on innovative methods, tangible materials, and engaging research activities for students and community members alike. As part of the program the team will teach students how to do spectroscopy with a compact disk; they will produce "Icy World Trading Cards;" and they will have students working with real satellite data to do spectroscopic measurements on the health of our nation's forests. The "Rainbows of Life" initiative seeks to make the science of light spectroscopy (a fancy term for looking at rainbows) fun and easy for students and adults.
Finally, for the fieldwork campaign in Alaska they have teamed with Ilisagvik College, Alaska's only Tribal College, and the team will be engaging the local Inupiat students in hands-on research pertaining to both terrestrial climate change and astrobiology.