Classroom Activities Related To Equinoxes And Solstices: Examples From The Astronomy Day In Schools

Teaching astronomy in primary schools: How, why, and in what context?
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2022
UTC: 12:15 p.m. - 12:25 p.m.
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: 6:45 p.m. - 6:55 p.m.

Equinoxes and solstices are not only astronomical events, but they are also important phenomena connected to cultural events in various regions, making it a good gateway to the world of astronomy and science for teachers. The Astronomy Day in Schools (ADiS) project is organized by the sub WG of ADiS, under the WG of Astronomy Education Research & Methods, Commission C1, IAU. The project website is hosted by the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand. On the website, the project has called for records of practice related to equinoxes and solstices. The project has also organized online meetings on occasion of the equinoxes and solstices. We will introduce the examples of the records, and we hope this will help develop the network of students and teachers.

About Tomita Akihiko

Graduated from Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, March 1991; Master Course of astronomy, School of Science, Kyoto University, March 1993; Doctor Course of astronomy, School of Science, Kyoto University, March 1996; Post-doc fellow, Institute of Astronomy, University of Tokyo until March 1997; from April 1997, Faculty of Education, Wakayama University, from April 2020, professor of Faculty of Education, Wakayama University. Contact person of Universe Awareness Japan.

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