The interactive SPOT presentations utilize slides, videos, animations and an inquisitive approach to relay the excitement of new discoveries in space science. Green Bank Observatory and NASA research and careers here in West Virginia are highlighted in each show. Presentations can be done in a classroom or assembly setting, as long as a screen or blank wall and an electrical outlet are available. Schools may need to also provide projectors and/or audio speakers. Each show lasts approximately 30 minutes, with optional Hands-On Activities adding more time. During the 2016-2017 year, we will also experiment with options to receive a SPOT presentation at a local university or virtually through Skype or Google Hangout.
WV SPOT Presentation Request Form
Current Feature Presentations:
WVU professor Duncan Lorimer reveal a new type of mysterious radio signal called Fast Radio Bursts! What causes these bursts? Where do they come from? Join in the excitement as astronomers around the world try to learn more!
Learn more about the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC):
NGSS and Common Core Standard Connections:
[CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE]The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence: Find out how the Green Bank Telescope can help us answer one of the greatest questions of all: Are we alone?
NGSS and Common Core Standard Connections: (coming soon)
Special Presentation for Advanced Audiences (best for high school and above)
For this presentation a graduate student researcher from West Virginia University's pulsar and black hole group will visit your school. Learn more about NANOGrav here: nanograv.org
Past Presentations (can still be requested - just ask!)
How to Make a Planet…with Life!: What’s out there in space? What is everything made of? How do we know? This presentation explores how stars make atoms, how those atoms combine into molecules, and how molecules are recycled back into new stars, and even planets! Learn how every thing, even YOU, is made of star stuff! Best for middle school audiences and above.
The Star of our Universe: The Sun gives us much more than light – without the Sun we wouldn’t have seasons or weather or life at all. How do NASA and NRAO study the Sun? How does the Sun’s activity affect our “space weather”? Best for younger audiences.
Space Telescopes: Searching for Other Worlds. This presentation features the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as the James Webb Space Telescope. Students learn how we use these space-based telescopes to search for planets and worlds around other stars.
The International Space Station: Learn what it takes to live in space. How do we build a whole station in space? What's it like to be an astronaut? What is the future of human space travel?