Astronomy In Secondary Schools: From Curriculum to Establishment

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.

Cognitive evolution of brain maps our curriculum. Establishment of labs & utilisation of exisiting facilities is stressed. Survey of school taken with/without astronomy forms our database. A learning model is proposed which utilises pre-existing subjects to pull Astronomy. A demographic study was conducted to gather information about institutions having astronomical setups to be used as Nodal centres. To remove the fear of future uncerntainity, inclusion of space startups will be done to provide internships. Research focuses on creating ecosystem having Undergrad, Postgrads & PhDs students pursuing Astronomy inside Nodal centres for enhancing syllabus and help students have better visulisation by their projects. MoUs schemes are devised to fulfil gaps mutually with universities globally.


Prasad has provided certification courses at Khagol Mandal which is an astronomy-based institution. He has started space club Syzygy Outreach last year with aim of spreading Astronomy and Astrophysics free of cost for everyone. He has attended summer school in Astronomy and Astrophysics at IIA Bangalore and has attended Research school based on HPC in Astrophysics organised by IIT Kharagpur and TIFR-NCRA. He gave guest lectures in various colleges and schools of India based on Quantum Computation in Astronomy, Basic Astronomy and Advents in Astrophyics. Prasad is a visiting mentor at Avinya Academy.

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