Astronomy has a unique role in science education. Inspiring ideas with astronomy include:
- The general laws of physics, such as gravity or nuclear fusion.
- The history of science and technology
- A celebration of the beauty of the Universe
- Our understanding of our own origins
With a small telescope, there is great scope for science. We can carry out the same observations of the moons of Jupiter as Galileo! We can ask what is “up there” and get real pictures of the wonders of space. With experience we can measure the changes in starlight from variable stars, work out the rotation of asteroids (by taking pictures of them as fast as possible for as long as possible).
In all our projects we value the input of teachers. We welcome teachers who would like to collaborate with us to build exciting activities that capture a student’s imagination.
Inspire students with live astronomy! TARA helps educators build interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by giving students access to a live robotic telescope in California. Take raw data from the telescope and use free software to process images of the Moon, planets, star clusters and galaxies.
TARA can be used to build knowledge of science, geography and the history of science and technology.
- Primary Level Imaging Workshop outline can be downloaded TARAImagingWorkshopPrimaryLevel
- Planning an Observing Session with Stellarium can be downloaded PlanningWithStellarium.
Astronomy has been shown to be a topic that engages students in STEM concepts that encourages them to follow education and careers in STEM fields, which in turn produces a scientifically literate population and a knowledge based economy. Project Tara will provide students with an introduction to critical skills that they will use to succeed in business, science or any knowledge-based career.
TARA helps educators build interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by giving classrooms access to a live robotic telescope in California.
TARA can be used to build knowledge of physics, maths and the history of science and technology.
- Second Level Imaging Workshop can be downloaded TARAImagingWorkshopSecondLevel.
- Plan an observing session with Stellarium, outline activity can be downloaded PlanningWithStellarium.
- Image processing is done with SalsaJ, free software developed by EU-HOU. SalsaJ can be downloaded from here.
- Additional activities that use SalsaJ can be found on the EU-HOU website.