Education & Outreach

Just as IDIES offers its rich and varied datasets to the research community, we also offer data to students and the general public. Students can learn science using the same data that researchers use. Online volunteers can help the cause of scientific research through citizen science activities.

IDIES makes its data available to students and teachers, with interactive standards-based lesson plans for teaching science, math, and technology at the middle school, high school, and college levels. See the links below for the sites where the lesson plans are hosted.

  • The SkyServer site of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey gives you access to complete data for hundreds of millions of stars and galaxies. The site includes visualization tools and educational projects for learning science through the sky.
  • The Life Under Your Feet wireless sensor network gives you access to years worth of automated measurements of soil properties at research sites all over the world.

Project website:

SciServer in the Classroom – data science techniques

IDIES participates in the annual Physics Fair at the JHU Department of Physics and Astronomy. A team of IDIES volunteers host an exhibit booth that is always a big hit at the event. Some of the past hands-on activities that we’ve demonstrated with the hundreds of young attendees have been a three-dimensional fly-through of the Universe created by former IDIES member Miguel Aragon y Calvo. Other activities included a scaled-model of the Earth and Moon, and a build-your-own spectrograph activity.

For more details on the event, visit the Physics and Astronomy departments Physics Fair page.

IDIES is a founding member of the Zooniverse citizen science project. Zooniverse lets you make a contribution to one of many different citizen science projects in areas ranging from astronomy to ecology to climate science to archaeology. Click the link below to explore for yourself!

Explore Zoomiverse

IDIES researchers frequently attend science outreach events to demonstrate our exciting new approach to science, including the annual Johns Hopkins Physics Fair and the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. The picture below shows IDIES Director Alex Szalay at the USA Science and Engineering Festival.