The goal of the Lakeshore Environmental and Night Sky Sensor (LENSS) Project is to contribute to the
environmental health of Geneva Lake and increase the level of community involvement with
ecological issues through a community-based action project to design, test, build
and deploy remote-monitoring stations that can accommodate a variety of sensors.
The LENSS project will offer high school students the opportunity to immerse themselves in engineering, computer programming, environmental education, and astronomy! GLAS experienced staff members have led successful high school programs in the past and look forward to preserving these programs. If you are a high school student interested in any of these areas, click the link below and become part of the LENSS project!
GLAS is partnering with the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy to better monitor and understand the environmental health of the Geneva Lake area. The initial sensors will be sky quality meters, but the remote testing sites will be designed for the capablity to add additional sensors in the future. Sky quality around Geneva Lake is increasingly important, and we can all do something to help. If you are interested in helping to fund this project or have ideas please contact us!
Dark Skies Preservation
Every year in the United States, billions of dollars are wasted on excess and unnecessary lighting. This leads to light pollution which negatively affects not only our health but also the health of the environment around us. GLAS is determined to work with Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy to monitor and improve the quality of the night sky through the LENSS project. This is the first step to improving the Geneva Lake sky quality.
Why is this important?
The LENSS Project will build upon previous activities achieved by the McQuown Scholars, the former Yerkes Education Outreach high school program. McQuown Scholars built and tested sensors for lake temperature and for Yerkes telescopes. Through this project, GLAS will contribute to the health of our environment and support the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy in their efforts to become a dark sky park, certified through the International Dark Sky Association. Working together, we can improve the ecological health of the Geneva Lake area while involving members of the local community.