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One of OSRT’s main projects is our Small Loop Antenna! The Small Loop Antenna is a great project for students or hobbyists of any skill level. The loop antenna can do some great citizen science — it is capable of detecting solar flares, coronal mass ejections (CMEs), and other similar solar activity indirectly by monitoring the signal strength of Very Low Frequency (VLF) submarine communication stations. This is a great classroom project, and it is currently being pilot-tested in four public schools in West Virginia — one accelerated elementary school program, one middle school, and two high schools. The curriculum, instruction manual, and supplementary materials that these schools are using is entirely open-source and available in this OSRT GitHub Folder.
If you have any questions, please contact Ellie White at firstname.lastname@example.org, or better yet, request to join the OSRT Mailing List!
To learn more about the development of this project, visit this page and check out some blog posts about Small Loop Antenna version 0.0!