Dear Skyglow Berlin supporters,
I just wanted to let you know that the SQMs have been ordered, and they are on their way. In the end, we were able to purchase a few more SQMs than we had hoped for, 27 in total! One has already been shipped to a supporter from Canada who made a contribution of more than €200 Euro and therefore got automatic selection as "mitmessender Unterstützer" as a Dankeschön. In the next week or so we will do the draw to determine the other supporters who will receive one of the SQMs (using the website random.org). My plan is to distribute 5 SQMs to 4 schools in Berlin and Brandenburg, and divide the remaining SQMs among the 100 Unterstützer.
I recently met with teachers from the schools, and I will be going into the classrooms in early 2014. I had thought that I would meet with the students during break time, or perhaps after school, but I'm actually invited into the classroom to be part of the curriculum!
In one school, the project will be introduced as part of a section on sustainability, and in another school I will come in during the Math class when the students are learning about logarithms (the mag/arcsec^2 scale used by the SQM is logarithmic).
Needless to say, I'm very happy about the enthusiasm of the teachers, and the innovative ways they have come up with to integrate the project into classroom learning.
As promised, the names of supporters who contributed at least €10 have been listed on my website: http://userpage.fu-berlin.de/~kyba/skyglow_berlin_english.html
If you contributed at least €20 and would like your name to link to a URL, then please send me an email specifying the URL I should link to.
Thanks again for your support, the project wouldn't have happened without you!