Astronomy and Space Education
International Year of Astronomy has almost ended, we are now approaching mid October and it feels, for me anyway, a little bit like the sand almost running out at the bottom of the egg-timer. In one respect 2009 is ending almost as it began. In January 2009 I presented a teachers workshop on IYA activities for the Galileo Teacher Training Programme. The workshop was held at a large science teachers conference, the Annual Meeting for the Association of Science Education. While presenting the workshop I was invited to give the workshop again at the London Science Learning Centre’s 5th birthday event, seems celebrating astronomy is catching on!
So my past few days have been spent furiously putting the finishing touches to the resources, and continuously updating the materials list ready for the workshop on Tuesday.
In the meantime whilst I’m preparing for Tuesday two friends in Korea are sending me details of the International Astronautical Congress in Daejon, Korea.
Virgiliu Pop and Jim Volp are representing the World Space Week Association and the Heinlein Prize Trust and are distributing a education programme for teachers and science educators.
Last week as part of World Space Week a competition for schools was launched called My Moon Campaign together with the Galileo Teacher Training Program,a competition which allows the student to study the Moon and create a project and have the opportunity to win a prize for their class and their school.
so I’m hoping teachers will send in their entries as I would have loved to have entred something like this when I was at school!