CRPA NSF Collaborative Research: The Ultimate Cosmic Experiment-Chemistry Labs at the Far Edges of the Universe

September 1st, 2012 - August 31st, 2015 | PROJECT

This CRPA award addresses the exciting contemporary chemical science that occurs in interstellar space. The new interferometers coming online this year will enhance this new area of science and further intrigue those who engage. The plan in this award is to build an exhibit that will interest the audience with the space-based aspects, but will also engage them in understanding the chemistry that occurs in space. This is a collaborative effort between the University of Virginia and the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The exhibit is relatively small facilitating its mobility. Thus, the authors will travel the exhibit to smaller venues in rural areas and embrace citizens who are typically under-served by educational opportunities of ISE venues. The target audience is 12-15 year old youths. Clearly, this project is meant to engage the public in both Space science and Chemistry with the ultimate hope that some individuals will even think about careers in the joint science field that is emerging from these types of behaviors.

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Team Members

Alex Griswold, Principal Investigator, Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory
Brooks Pate, Principal Investigator, University of Virginia
Edward Murphy, Co-Principal Investigator
Robert Tai, Co-Principal Investigator, University of Virginia


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1118577
Funding Amount: 25093

Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1118579
Funding Amount: 124907


Access and Inclusion: Rural
Audience: Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Chemistry | Space science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits