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Space Weather Monitor (SID) Project DLESE Reviewed Collection
These space weather monitors, which detect changes to the Earth?s ionosphere caused by solar flares, can be installed and used by students at their local schools. Students build their own antenna, a simple, low-cost structure. Stanford provides a centralized data repository where students can exchange and discuss data.. The instruments are nicknamed SIDs, for the Sudden Ionospheric Disturbances that affect the Earth?s ionosphere. Two versions of the monitor exist ? the original SID Monitor, distributed throughout the world for the International Heliophysical Year, and SuperSID, a lower-cost, more powerful upgraded instrument being distributed in collaboration with the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA), and in conjunction with the United Nation?s International Space Weather Initiative. Accompanying educational material and guides are provided. A mentoring program makes available scientific expertise to students and teachers. Instruments are provided to schools free of charge. Distribution targets schools serving under-represented students and in developing nations.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Field activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Lesson plan
    • Module / Unit
    • Project
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
    • Remotely sensed
  • Tools:
    • Software
  • Atmospheric science
  • Physics
  • Space science
  • Other
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
There is a cost
The product is provided without cost to teachers throughout the US and the world, as long as supplies last. Others interested in obtaining a monitor must pay the $50.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-633
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Deborah Scherrer
Stanford University

Author: Stanford Solar Center