Project Based Learning On Exoplanetary Explorations

Gravitational waves, black hole shadows and exoplanets: Can we make a place for cutting-edge results in schools?
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2022
UTC: 9:45 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: 8:45 p.m. - 8:55 p.m.

In this talk, we will discuss how to use observational facilities and real data of exoplanets (transits, radial velocities, transmission spectra, etc.) to make project based learning for high school & undergraduate students. Our research projects on exoplanet detection, characterization, formation & evolution and habitability, allow students to form advisor led teams, for interactively learning exoplanetary sciences, scheduling observations, obtaining & reducing the data, making analysis and having discussions. Project based learning will engage students in solving problems, answering questions and team working. As a result, they can develop deep content knowledge as well as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.

About Cao Chen

Dr. Chen CAO (曹晨), from Shandong University (SDU), Weihai, Shandong province, China. PhD in astrophysics (from National Astronomical Observatories, CAS, 2008). Now an associate professor in School of Space Science and Physics, SDU, also serve as the Secretary-General in Shandong Astronomical Society (SDAS). Major research areas are multi-wavelength observational studies on galaxy evolution, extrasolar planets detection and characterization, and astronomical education and outreach. Particularly, very interested in citizen sciences, machine learning, and data driven astronomical education & outreach. Email:

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