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Manual SalsaJ 2
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Please refer to the following video tutorials to learn how to use SalsaJ 2

 

How to open a file:

 

How to display the properties of an image: 

 

How to set the scale of an image:

 

How to measure distances inside an image:

 

How to create an animation with several images:

 

How to measure the flux inside an image (photometry):

 

How to process a spectrum:

 

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Awards
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European Commission Silver Medal

The project « Hands-On Universe, Europe – Bringing frontline interactive astronomy to the classroom » has been honoured with the silver award of the European Commission at the occasion of the conference « Innovation and Creativity in the Lifelong Learning Programme: Create, Innovate and Cooperate » held in Prague, 6-7 May 2009, in the framework of the Czech Presidency of the European Union.

In the category « Information and Communication Technologies », this award has been handed out to Roger Ferlet (IAP) by Ondrej Liska, Czech Minister of Education, Youth and Sports and Ján Figel, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Training and Youth.
 
The aim was to award outstanding European projects which will serve as motivating examples of the best innovative practices to accomplish the goals set by European leaders in Lisbon to become "the most dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy in the world" by 2010 in the field of Education and Training.
The EUHOU silver award

EU-HOU aims to re-awaken interest in science among young people by demonstrating the excitement of astronomy via new technologies.

Teaching science through astronomy and ICT! Hands-on tools for studying universe to awaken interest in maths and science! The project managed to make formulas and computations attractive to young pupils. Thanks to this project, and to the collaboration between teachers and researchers that made it possible, pupils now have the possibility to experience the thrill of discovery by using webcam systems, radio telescopes and a world-wide network of optical telescopes available through the Internet.

 
Roger Ferlet with the European Commissioner for Education (left) and the Czech Minister of Education (right)
 
More information about all the awarded projects here.
This project have been supported by the MINERVA grant 113969-CP-1-2004-1-FR-MINERVA-M.

 

 

Galileo Teacher Training Program 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. EU-HOU is part of the GTTP program.

The 1st Prize has been awarded to From Earth to the Universe (FETTU). This award recognises FETTU’s important contribution in improving public awareness of astronomical achievements, and in stimulating the use of astronomy for the promotion of scientific education and culture in 2009.

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) featured tens of thousands of events worldwide. These were organised and implemented by many professionals, amateurs and volunteers who built IYA2009 into the most successful science education and public outreach project ever undertaken. While it is impossible to acknowledge all the activities that have taken place in 2009 and all those who have made them possible, an IYA2009 Prize for Excellence in Astronomy Education and Public Outreach has been established to reward some of the most ambitious. Thirty submissions were accepted from 21 countries and nine transnational organisations. After a very careful evaluation of all submissions, and much difficult deliberation, From Earth to the Universe was selected as the winner.

We are really pleased to award the prize to From Earth to the Universe, a project which has really captured the spirit of the contest and of IYA2009 as a whole.” says Dr. Mani Bhaumik, the IYA2009 Patron.

Three additional projects from the very high quality field were selected as runners-up in the contest. The first is Around the World in 80 Telescopes, a 24-hour live webcast presenting observatories and astronomical research around the world, part of the global project, 100 Hours of Astronomy. The webcast featured eighty professional telescopes in seven continents and reached well over 110 000 viewers in 24 hours and many more are still watching online every day from all around the world.

The Galileoscope shared the second runners-up prize: this project created a low-cost telescope kit that enabled children and adults worldwide to relive Galileo’s sense of discovery. More than 180 000 of these have been produced and distributed to individuals, astronomy clubs, planetariums, science centres, museums, schools and other groups.

 

It was very difficult to select the winners as so many initiatives deserve acclaim for what they’ve done. All of the projects help contribute to the legacy of IYA2009 and its important mission of astronomy education and public outreach.” says Ian Corbett, IAU General Secretary and member of the prize jury. “Those on our final list showed ambition and scope far above and beyond conventional science communication ventures, and this was an important factor in our decision.

The winner receives 3500 Euros, the first runner-up receives 1500 Euros, and the two second runners-ups will each receive 750 Euros. The awards and certificates will be delivered in March during the Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2010 Conference, in Cape Town, South Africa. Kimberly Kowal Arcand, FETTU co-chair, will give a keynote talk at the conference.

You can read the full IYA2009 press release on the IYA2009 or IAU sites.

History of the EU-HOU project
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2004 - 2006 : Eu-Hou is born !

The EU-HOU project has been funded at 44% through the European program MINERVA (SOCRATES) for a two-year period: grant is 113969-CP-1-2004-1-FR-MINERVA-M. Partners from 8 countries have joined, the University Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris and the other partners have completed the funding.

 

2008 - 2010 : Eu-Hou is spreading over Europe

In the context of the Lifelong Learning Program, the EU-HOU project is now funded through the European program COMENIUS for another two-year period: grant is  141928-2008-LLP-FR-COMENIUS-CMP. 6 more countries join the consortium, so that by the end of 2010 Eu-Hou will be implemented over 14 countries in Europe. The grant is funding 75% of the project, the other partners complete the funding. 

Title of this project is: Hands-On Universe teacher training and support program

Our main goal is the promotion of experimental science teaching to improve scientific education in schools, by “taking” hands-on experimental, active learning into the classroom. New opportunities from ICT developments, as well as the role of science centres/museums, must be explored in order to render the process of learning science in our schools more participatory, appealing, self-challenging and rewarding. Our project will make science education more attractive while promoting and diffusing good practices in non-formal/informal activities among teachers, schools, and national/transnational educational boards.

To achieve these ambitious goals and objectives, the Hands-On Universe program will be organised as follow:
 • Three training sessions open to ~100 teachers from 14 EU countries
 • Production of pedagogical resources, adapted/translated to partner countries (secondary school programs)
 • Creation/update of national websites to freely disseminate pedagogical materials, plus a forum allowing teachers to share knowledge and experiences
 • Update and release a free, pupil-friendly software package, to be used in the classroom, translated to 14 partner languages
All resources will be available long after the end of the grant, particularly through our two associated partners, ESO and the International Year of Astronomy GALILEO project.


2010 - 2012 : Eu-Hou offers the first network of robotic telescopes for IBSE education

In the context of the Lifelong Learning Program, the EU-HOU project is one more time funded through the European program COMENIUS for another two-year period: grant is 510308-LLP-1-2010-1-FR-COMENIUS-CMP. One more country, Germany, joins the consortium, so that by the end of 2012 Eu-Hou will be implemented over 15 countries in Europe, among which 11 are involved in this new project. The grant is funding 75% of the project, the other partners complete the funding. 

Title of this project is: EU-HOU - Connecting classrooms to the Milky Way.

In 2012, the worldwide radiotelescope ALMA will start operations. Radioastronomy is entering a new golden age and will unveil the Universe as never before, a fantastic opportunity for widening formal and informal educational training and public involvement, in schools and through science centres and museums, for making a science impact on young people. This project will develop the first European network of radiotelescopes for education, enabling schools to explore the Milky Way through Internet, and IBSE pedagogical resources to be used in the classrooms. Outreach and dissemination will rely on 10000 CD-rom distributed in European schools and circulating posters exhibitions, a multilingual website to freely disseminate pedagogical materials, plus a forum allowing teachers to share knowledge and experiences. EU-HOU contributes significantly to raising the attractiveness of science education and to the development/modernisation of EU schools. Our project will have a very positive impact on the way students interpret school and the whole process of learning.

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 Deliverables

The following exercises have been supported by the MINERVA grant 113969-CP-1-2004-1-FR-MINERVA-M:

fr.png Seven steps for a dwarf star : from Doppler to exoplanets
pl.png Camera Obscura
pl.png Gnomon
pl.png Frame-by-frame films
pl.png Lecture about Island Universe of I. Kant
pl.png Astronomical observatory in your school ?
pl.png Observations of the Sun
pl.png Jupiter and Its Moons - primer in digital image processing
pl.png Observations of variable stars
pl.png Astrophotography
fr.pngpl.png Measuring Distances to Cepheids
it.png How to weight a galaxy
se.png Hands-On Radio Astronomy - Mapping the Milky Way
GREC0001 An electronic Lesson and Exercise "The Life of Stars and their Spectra"
es.png The Solar System as a MathLab
pl.png Webcam system – Skyview
 

 

The following exercises have been supported by the COMENIUS grant 141928-2008-LLP-FR-COMENIUS-CMP:

Discover an exoplanet
Life cycle of stars - Plotting your own HR diagram!
Sun4all
A black hole lurked at the center of our Galaxy !?
How to determine the distance from the Sun to a galaxy just by oberving the sky
Seven steps for a dwarf star : from Doppler to exoplanets