Three high school teachers bring the Subaru Telescope's big data to their classrooms

Teaching astronomy as its own subject in secondary schools
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: noon - 1:30 p.m.
, UTC: 9:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

The Subaru Telescope is a large optical-infrared telescope near the summit of Maunakea, Hawai`i. The telescope conducted an extensive survey called the Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) Subaru Strategic Program using the ultrawide-field imaging camera HSC. The big survey data is partially open to the public, and anyone can freely explore the vast cosmic images on the hscMap website.
The three high-school science teachers (Hara, Togashi, and Hiratsuka) in Japan developed educational materials using hscMap to bring one of the world’s highest-quality astronomical data to their classrooms, including at a University. According to a questionnaire after Hara’s lecture at a teacher-training course at Toyo University, many trainee students were interested in using hscMap when they became teachers.

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