SUN 12 NOV 1PM: Come rain or come shine, join a family activity day at the National Space Centre celebrating all things clouds! Become a citizen scientist armed with an app to report cloud measurements; create your own fluffy light-up cloud and become part of the space exhibition at the NSC; and learn about weather and Earth observation satellites and the data carried on a tour of the NSC’s satellite ground stations.
Dr Jean O’Dwyer will show participants how to complete citizen-science cloud observations using the NASA GLOBE Program Observer App. Participants will learn all about cloud formation, the water cycle, and about the connection between climate, weather, and the global energy budget in a 30-minute workshop.
Visitors will then create their own LED clouds in a 30-minute hands-on creative session for all ages led by arts teacher Rysee Lennon and using recycled materials to create fun cloud sculptures.
Finally, the afternoon will wrap up with a guided tour of the National Space Centre and the groundstations on site surrounding Ireland’s iconic 32-metre Big Dish.
Details and Booking:
- Date: Sunday 12 November 2022
- Time: 90 minute sessions from 1 PM – 4:30
- Location: National Space Centre, Elfordstown Earthstation, Midleton
- Requirements: Please download the Globe Observer App on Apple or Android
DR JEAN O’DWYER is Deputy Head of Environmental Science in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science at UCC and Deputy Director of the SFI Centre for Research in Applied Geoscience. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (2011) and a PhD in Environmental Health Science (2015) from the University of Limerick. Her research interests focus on the interaction between the natural environment and human health.
RYSEE LENNON is a secondary school art teacher and a NCAD graduate with a BA in Education and Fine Arts. Her artistic practice is based in mixed media and has a strong background in crafts of all natures. Rysee will be facilitating a cloud making workshop for Space Fest, using recycled materials to create fun cloud sculptures with all ages.
GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a NASA supported international science and education programme that offers students and citizens the chance to participate in data collection and the scientific process and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment (www.globe.gov). GLOBE was relaunched in Ireland in September 2017 by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce with support from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).