Educational Resources – Introduction

Radio JOVE seeks to educate people about aspects of planetary and solar radio astronomy, space physics, and the scientific method. The target audience includes amateur scientists, students, educators, and the general public.

Radio JOVE encourages STEM education by enabling students to participate in a scientific activity, to make measurements, acquiring and analyzing data, and sharing and discussing their results with other observers. This section of our website includes a collection of information for educators and students, including materials and activities.

The Radio JOVE materials are suitable for use with students from middle-school level onward. Many teachers have used Jove Project materials successfully in an after-school science club setting.

Radio Astronomy provides an avenue for expanding our understanding of the Universe. The radio waves we observe are generated by the interaction of charged particles and magnetic fields - interactions that cannot be observed in visible light. Waves, charged particles, magnetic fields, the electromagnetic spectrum, and radio waves are physical science topics related to radio astronomy. Earth science topics include planetary magnetic fields and volcanic activity as observed on Jupiter's moon Io. Physics-related topics include the formation of planetary magnetic fields, atomic energy levels and ionization, the movement and acceleration of charged particles in magnetic fields and the generation of electromagnetic waves.

Building the Jove radio telescope teaches basic electricity and practical electronics, including identification and function of electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors and integrated circuits. The use of hand tools and soldering skills are learned by assembling the receiver and antenna kit.

Radio JOVE in a classroom