Astronomy - A Gateway To Teach Trigonometry

Teaching astronomy as part of other subjects in secondary schools – astronomy as a “gateway science”
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: 8 a.m. - Tuesday Nov. 15, 2022 8:15 a.m.
Thursday Nov. 17, 2022
UTC: 1 p.m. - Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022 1:15 p.m.

When students are introduced to Trigonometry as something totally new, they find it very difficult to understand. When the same topics are introduced as another way of expressing the ideas of Triangles and Circles that are already familiar to them, we as teachers will be bridging the gap between known and unknown. We will be leading them to understand the "Unknown" through " Known". Bringing in examples from Astronomy greatly help in building this bridge. In this talk I would like to share my experience of conducting workshops for Teachers on "Trigonometry through examples from Astronomy". This approach would be beneficial for both teachers and students.

About Lakshmi Bekka Ramachandra

Ms Lakshmi Bekka Ramachandra is currently working as a Senior Scientific Officer at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium. She is involved in all the non formal educational and Science popularization activities of the Planetarium. She has conducted several workshops for Teachers as well as students of different age groups on several topics in Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy. She believes in integrating various branches of Science and Art to develop a better understanding of any subject.

Watch a recording of this talk (external link)