Classroom Outreach

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Robotic Telescope for Classrooms

The Robotic Telescope for Classrooms program is now available at Head on over to find out more and apply!


Advanced Program - For small groups of driven 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 program is an intensive program, aimed at students with student-driven projects such as the IB Extended Essay, end-of-term projects, or school clubs. If you have an idea for a project that goes above and beyond exoplanets, we may also be able to help. The program is interdisciplinary and has ties to art and computer science.

Learn more and apply here!


Basic Program - For class-based students

The Advanced Program is often too intensive for in-class work, but don't worry! 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.

Learn more and apply here!




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.

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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Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 10:21am