Christine Nicholls participates in Girls in Ocean Science conference

This month, Christine Nicholls participated in the Girls in Ocean Science, a one-day science conference for teenage girls. Hosted by the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, CA, this annual event is designed to give high school girls a first-hand experience of what real science research is about, and to encourage them to consider science careers. Although the conference mostly focused on marine sciences, Christine’s astronomy activities were definitely popular.

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Focusing largely on interactive stellar classification activities, Christine introduced the girls to many basic but fascinating astronomical concepts. These included the many different types of stars the universe contains, how colour relates to temperature and wavelength of light, an astronomer’s quantitative definition of colour, spectra, and the place of empirical research in science today. The photo above shows one of the groups devising a colour-based stellar classification system.

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