Stargazing Live!

Teaching astronomy as part of other subjects in secondary schools – astronomy as a “gateway science”
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: 8:20 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday Nov. 17, 2022
UTC: 10:20 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Stargazing Live! aims to capture the imagination of students of all ages with live and interactive planetarium lessons incorporating semi-live data from the Dutch MeerLICHT and BlackGEM telescopes. For upper secondary school level, lesson activities have been created to accompany the planetarium shows using the interactive digital tool DynaLearn. The lessons challenge students to model key curriculum concepts linked to the telescopes and their science. The lessons were created using a co-creation model – led by science education experts with significant input from astronomers, astronomy outreach/education professionals and physics teachers. The project is now in the classroom testing phase and final products will be shared globally via the planetarium and NAEC networks.

About Joanna Holt

Joanna Holt is the education manager at the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) and a science education researcher at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). She completed her PhD in astrophysics in 2005 at the University of Sheffield in the UK. After more than a decade in academic research, she specialised in astronomy and science education including positions in the Education Team at the European Space Agency (ESA) and at the primary teacher training institute at the AUAS. Joanna is responsible for the NOVA Mobile Planetarium and is a member of the Dutch Black Hole Consortium. Her research interests include astronomy education, smart education and how to support the teaching of scientific thinking skills.

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