NSN Telecon: The ERGO Project

NSN Members were invited to a members-only telecon on Monday, February 23, 2015. We spoke with Tom Bales of the ERGO Project, a citizen science project designed to place cosmic ray detectors around the world!

Tom Bales’ spoke about a global citizen-science project developed by high-school and college students over the last five years.  Their project, the ERGO Energetic Ray Global Observatory, places cosmic-ray detectors around the world, primarily in schools, museums, and laboratories.  All of these detectors are connected by internet so that a precision location and timestamp is reported for each detected event.  The goal is to engage kids in science by building a unique network that can search for time- and position-related correlations from cosmic-ray detection around the world.
Tom Bales graduated from MIT in 1970 with a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering.  His career has been primarily in the field of medical device development (with occasional work in the field of rocket propulsion).  For the last several years he has devoted much of his time to working with STEM students involved in robotics, cosmic rays, and other experimental science projects.  Mr. Bales is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida and the holder of 140 issued US patents.

Slides are now available at http://bit.ly/NSNERGO 
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