CliC-PoLiT – educational toolkit

As part of the EU-funded project CliC-PoLiT, a collection of teaching materials on the subject of light pollution is currently being set up. All materials are currently in English, German-language material will follow in the coming months. General Information about the toolkit material and a teachers handbook to start with is available here:
Educational Toolkit Pdf / Word

Earth at night – images taken from the ISS by André Kuipers

In this toolkit, night images taken from the ISS of many different countries are described in detail.
As Introduction, you can show a slideshow with music (12 min.) It can either be played directly via the link or you can download it to your computer.
For the lectures, you can either choose a ppt or pdf with all available countries, each with the original image followed by a slide with the most important descriptions about the image. Or you can choose selected images from individual countries, also followed by slides with the basic descriptions.
For a deeper understanding of the images and the preparation of the lectures by the teacher, detailed descriptions of all images are available in Word- or Pdf-format, see below.
Age group: 10 – 18

Introduction: Video „Earth at night“ with music
Images: Andrè Kuipers, Music: Adax Dörsam / TerraVisaMusica, 12 min.

Earth at night – images from Europe, presentation for the classroom:
All countries:
powerpoint (images with description)
pdf (images with description)
Individual countries:
– Several presentations for individual countries (shorter ppt- and pfd-files to be handed out for exercises)

Detailed description as preparation for the teacher and to generate worksheets:

Earth Observation and Light Pollution monitoring in the classroom

This toolkit provides information how you can access digital resources about light pollution via internet in the classroom and how to work with them.
Age group: 12-14
The related Video will soon be made available here.

Light Pollution Monitoring and Mitigation & Energy Resources

Resources and a Tool for Light Pollution Monitoring and Mitigation are available here:
Age group: 9-14

Suggested Lesson Plans for Teachers, Energy Resources & Light Pollution Mitigation
1) Energy consumption and efficiency, age group 10-12: – Pdf
2) Light Pollution in a nutshell, age group 6-12: – Pdf
3) Light Pollution Mapping, age group 13-18: – Pdf

The Light Pollution Hunter

Students will use smartphone sensors to map and
acquire georeferenced data about light sources spread on a territory, namely

Age group: 15 – 18

Modelling Street Lights

Modelling different shielding’s and their effects on the visibility of artificial stars with an easy electric circuit and measurement setup
Age group: 10 – 15

Street Light Dimmer with PIR Sensor

Students will engage in an experiential learning activity involving the simulation of LED dimming on a micro:bit device.
Age group: 10 – 18

Modelling a Spectroscope

To find out more about the sources of light pollution and their color bands, this toolkit provides options how you can build your own, simple spectroscopes in the classroom.
Age group: 10-14

Wildlife Workbook

Images to match animal types, coloring pages, mazes, anagrams, draw a story, write a letter, connect the dots, word search;
All with short explanations about light pollution and the effect on the wildlife.
Age group: 5-9

Using Robotic Telescopes

Users of the Faulkes Telescope Project are also welcome to explore the effects of light pollution when using professional telescopes at rather dark sites. Here you will also find out the effects of natural light sources like the full moon.
This toolkit is splitted in 2 sections, depending on age and experience of the users:

Part 1 – General Observations
Age group: 10-14

Part 2 – Measurement of the limiting Magnitude
Age group: 16+
This toolkit is still an ongoing project, however experienced teachers are most welcome to participate here.

Generating your own educational activity

In case you prefer to build up your own educational activity, specifically for your needs, you can find some guidance here:

Age group: 9-15

Latest update: 13.05.2024