Astronomy Education Adventure in the Canary Islands 2020
19-25 July 2020
Once again NUCLIO and IAC (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canárias) join hands to promote another unforgettable Education Adventure in the Canary Islands. This year’s main theme will be Exoplanets. Do you think you can involve your students in real research experiences? Could you or one of your students discover a new planet around another star? Well, the answer is yes and it is not as hard as you think. By introducing innovative learning methodologies, you will be able to deliver curriculum content while bringing research and space exploration much closer to their reality.
We will also invite you to participate in new research projects where the models we have to understand our Universe can be challenged. By observing supernovae or certain types of variable stars, you will be contributing to important research taking place now that might change completely the way we understand our Universe. You will have access to professional robotic telescopes, and the opportunity to have your hand on astrobiology and understand what it takes to discover life out there. This and much more awaits you in Tenerife. This year we are also improving the offer for digital tools and resources for science learning with a new flavour: how to promote students centred learning that is inclusive.
This course is organized by the IAC and NUCLIO (the coordinators of the Galileo Teacher Training Program) and is carried out in collaboration with the Faulkes Telescope Education Team, the National Schools’ Observatory and CESAR (ESA’s education efforts at ESAC in Madrid) .
The course is open to teachers of all grade levels and subject domains willing to dive into a real STEAM experience (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). We believe that learning improves when students are embedded in interdisciplinary experiences and in environments that seamlessly integrate horizontal (across subject domains) and vertical (across different grade levels) articulation.
A minimum of 10 participants is required for the course to take place.
- Visits to: the IAC Instrumentation area, Teide Observatory, with Sun and night sky observing sessions, and Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (optional)
- Lectures by researchers on current topics related to exoplanets and their stars
- Innovative Methodologies: Inquiry and project-based learning, interdisciplinary learning, etc.
- Hands-on activities: homemade spectroscope
- Digital tools and resources for research in classroom: Stellarium, Salsa J, PeterSoft, Augmented Reality, etc.
- Observing and processing images from robotic telescopes
- Brainstorming sessions on how to integrate the presented projects in classroom
The course will take place in Tenerife (La Laguna). More information coming soon.
More information coming soon (a list of suggested hotels will be found here).
The course fee is 70€/day and covers:
- Participation in all seminars and courses
- Coffee Breaks
- Welcome Cocktail
- Visits to the facilities at IAC headquarters and Teide Observatory
- All necessary materials
- Post-workshop support
The trip to La Palma is optional. The visit to the Observatory Roque de Los Muchachos is free. However, participants will have to cover their costs for the trip and lunch in La Palma.
There will be a social dinner. The costs might be totally or partially covered by the organization depending on the number of participants.
Participants coming from the European Union can benefit from funding coming from the Erasmus+ mobility funds. These funds provide individual support for the participants covering their course fees, travel, subsistence, and accommodation. For more information on the eligibility of your country please consult the list here. Information on how to apply can be found here.
Spanish applicants (who cannot apply for Erasmus+) may benefit from partial support from the IAC to cover fee waves. The number of scholarships is limited and will be assigned by a selection committee constituted by the organization members. The selection will be based on the information provided in the application. Participants are expected to cover their travel cost, lodging and the cost of their remainder meals. The deadline for those participants willing to benefit from a possible scholarship should apply before May 31st, 2020.