The Gorge Night Sky project has developed an educational booklet focused on light pollution issues and technology innovation in LED lighting. The booklet is geared for various age groups, mainly focused on grades 4th through 8th. It contains common terminology and concepts related to light pollution, as well as information about advances and considerations for LED lighting. Exercises are included in the booklet, including information similar to a lighting specification sheet and questions about calculation of energy usage so students can use what they learn to evaluate lights in various settings, such as at home, school, or other buildings of interest around the community.
The Gorge Night Sky project coordinated with the North Wasco County School District to bring the developed materials to the classroom and offer a field trip to the Goldendale Observatory. The goal is to inspire students to discover a passion in STEM based fields and educate them on the basics of astronomy, LED light technology, and energy efficiency. In addition to use in the classroom, the booklet will also be printed and distributed at various locations in the region so students in surrounding areas can take advantage of the lessons as well.