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Whitney Trade School Class

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Class description

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Make your own spectrometer with Public Laboratory

(title up for discussion) 90 min. | ~20 people 3+ teachers... find out if we need to list everyone in order to be admitted

  • Short introduction to PLOTS and to spectrometry
    • Gowanus, Gulf Coast contamination w/ PAHs using UV light
  • Construct your own
  • Examine a variety of materials
    • we'll bring some or bring your own -- foods, plants, etc
  • Experiment with shapes & designs to improve the spectrometer
  • Bring a camera and a cardboard tube!
  • Other PLOTS community members and PLOTS tools will be there for unstructured fun.

Send by Sunday, March 6

  • Sign up using teacher Trade School form at:
  • Leave the day/time and barter items blank
  • In the box for 'maximum number of students' enter 1
  • In class description, if there is something important that you want students to bring (ie: yoga mat, digital camera) or know (ie they will be kneeling/laying prone on the floor) list this here.

Send by Wed. March 9th

  • A detailed list of materials/equipment you need to teach your class. (ie. chairs, video projector, clipboards/something for your student to write on, extension cords, lighting etc).
    • You don't need to list the specialized materials/equipment unique for your class (ie sugar, broken cd roms) We expect you will bring those materials for your class.
  • General Materials equipment you already have to teach you class. (ie. power strips)
    • The more independent you can be to provide your own materials/equipment the better. We will make every effort to provide you with the materials and equipment that you do not have but need (ie chairs)
  • Assistants. Even if you are teaching as a group, having 1-2 assistants will be very helpful, if not essential, for set-up/strike down especially for the cafe classes and mobile classes. Please provide the names, email address and phone number of anyone who will be helping you.