Robotic Telescope Project for Classrooms

RASC Robotic Telescope Project for Classrooms

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The Robotic Telescope is now available for use in classrooms! We will guide you and your students through university-level research on exoplanets. Program the telescope to watch for exoplanets eclipsing their parent star, crunch the numbers and see if you managed to catch the transit!

Advanced Program - For Grade 11-12 students

Your students get to choose an exoplanet they want to image, watch as the telescope is programmed, and gather data unique to your class (no one else in the world has it; it is yours and yours alone). They then analyze the data to discover whether or not their run captured an exoplanet transiting in front of its star!

This is the perfect virtual lab program. The entire data collection process is online and shown through Zoom, and students can use their own laptops to process the data. If you're looking for ways to adapt hands-on lab-based learning in this new covid-restricted world, this is one such way!

This program is an intensive program, aimed at Grade 12 students in Earth and Space Science, Physics or Math. The program is interdisciplinary and has ties to art and computer science.

If you would like to participate, please contact Jenna Hinds, RASC Robotic Telescope Project Lead at jenna.hinds@rasc.ca.

 

Pre-fab Lab - For Grade 9-12 students

If you love the sound of our program but don't have the class time to go through the entire process of choosing your own exoplanet, fear not! We have a shorter duration lab available for your students. Choose from pre-existing data taken by our Robotic Telescope of various exoplanet transits, and have your students use AstroImageJ to measure how much light is coming from each star over time.

Your students will be invited to join a telescope session for a class participating in the Advanced program, if available.

To register for this program, please contact Jenna Hinds, RASC Robotic Telescope Project Lead, at jenna.hinds@rasc.ca.


 

 


Testimonials

Check out what two John Abbot College students had to say about the advanced program! 

In the end, we didn’t just analyze information found online. We produced our own data and conducted research based on it. This task quickly became something we genuinely wanted to succeed.

In the end, we didn’t just analyze information found online. We produced our own data and conducted research based on it. This task quickly became something we genuinely wanted to succeed. We would definitely recommend this project to any students who enjoy astronomy and would like to delve into its modern applications. While the task may initially seem daunting, being guided when needed can improve the process to make it not only a learning experience, but a truly unforgettable and enriching one.

For more, check out their article in SkyNews magazine.

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jennahinds
Last modified: 
Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:43pm