European Virtual Observatory (EuroVO)

EuroVO-AIDA/WP5 is a project developed within the framework of the European Virtual Observatory with the aim of diffusing EuroVO data and software to the public, in particular students, teachers and astronomy enthusiasts.

The educational material of EuroVO-AIDA/WP5 has been designed specifically for teachers in support of an effective presentation of astronomy in the classroom.

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Comenius training session in France

In the context of the Lifelong Learning Programme, EU-HOU propose special European training sessions in France, at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris
2nd session: 17-21/01/2011 DEAD-LINE FOR REGISTRATION : 15 SEPTEMBER 2010

The main goal of this training is to re-awake the interest for science in the young generation with inquiry-based methods. Renewing of the teaching of science is fulfilled through astronomy as a well-established source of motivation, and through the use of new Information and Communication Technologies - ICT. Involving teachers in a variety of research-based astronomical projects, we will excite, enthuse and motivate them to teach science/technology/maths. The training is intended to enhance basic competencies of teachers and develop higher level skills and expertise, primarily in ICT, maths and physics area. The EU-HOU project will provide the opportunity for trained teachers to get involved in stimulating international collaborations and to enthuse their pupils to study sciences/technology/maths at a higher level.

Teachers invited to training session in Torun (Poland)

In the course of the COMENIUS project, the 3rd European teacher training session will take place in Poland, in the city of Torun, Institute of Physics.

The dates for the workshop are 6th May - 9th May 2010.  The 6th and 9th May will be 'travel days' for arrival and departure, with the actual workshops being held on the 7th and 8th May.

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Global Hands-On Universe & Galileo Teacher Training Program conference

Global Hands-On Universe (GHOU) & Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP)

Garching, Germany, Aug. 1-7 (inclusive)

Dear Global HOU Community,

We have had a fabulous year of training GTTP/GHOU teachers, reaching approximately 5000 teachers around the world this year!! Now GHOU is one of the largest coordinated astronomy education networks in the world, and a pathfinder for Global Science Education.
Now, to continue building momentum:

We announce the 2010 GHOU Conference in Garching, Germany (near Munich)

The Conference Program will evolve over the next months.

The first three days (GTTP) will be training on the use of several new, great emerging resources (the Universe Quest Game, GHOU activities -- Exo-planets!, International Asteroid Search Campaign!, Measuring the Expanding Universe from Supernovae!, etc.).

The registration forms and detailed program will appear soon on the site above!
Stay tuned,

Carl Pennypacker and Rosa Doran

GTTP gets IYA2009/Mani Bhaumik Prize

The International Year of Astronomy 2009/Mani Bhaumik Prize for Excellence in Astronomy Education and Public Outreach has been awarded today. The Galileoscope and Galileo Teacher Training Program shared the second runners-up prize, for their outstanding contributions to all aspects of education during IYA2009. The Galileo Teacher Training Program helped more than 5000 educators in more than 40 countries improve their methods of teaching astronomy and bringing it to the classroom.

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Welsh High School turn their Village Hall into a Planetarium!

On Saturday, February 6, a village hall in the Welsh borders will become a planetarium for a night.

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Exoplanet... live !

The exoplanet XO-3b will transit its star on next Feb 13, an event which can be observed from (large) amateur astronomers telescopes.To learn more about exoplanet detection, try our EU-HOU exercise.

You can monitor the planet transit live from the Bareket Observatory.

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Welcome to Zooniverse!

Zooniverse - a new platform for Citizen Based Science Projects has just been  opened and is available to general public

Visit Zooniverse and take part real research helping scientists to interpret galaxy images, overview large-scale simulations of galaxies collisions, discover a supernovae or keep Solar Weather watch. If you only like, Citizen Based Science projects will take you into the heart of the modern scientific research. 

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