This is a sample of the Educational Support that the Royal Observatory at Greenwich has to offer.
Videos, podcasts and blogs
Here at the Royal Observatory we have been busy making lots of resources for teachers and students to help you understand more about the Universe as well as inspire you to want to find out more too. Our latest animated videos are called ‘Space Rocks’ and ‘The Rosetta Mission’. They are ideal for slotting into a lesson, adding into a homework task or even just watching to boost your own (or your students’ knowledge. We have a monthly podcast called ‘Look Up’ which is presented by our team and talks through the best things to keep an eye out for in the night sky each month. Our blog ‘Spacebook’ is designed for a schools audience too and follows on from ‘Look Up’ looking into some of the most amazing bits of current scientific discoveries in a little more detail.
Creative Cosmos is brought to you in association with the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Creative Cosmos gives you the chance to explore the wonderful world of astronomy and earn bronze, silver and gold astronomy badges along the way. As well as the badges there are some amazing and exclusive prizes to be won; we have books, goodie bags and even the opportunity to have your photos used in a Royal Observatory Greenwich planetarium show for thousands of students to see and get inspired by – WOW! You can get as involved as you like with Creative Cosmos. You might get hooked instantly and be with us for whole the length of the project or you might prefer to dip in and out when you get the chance. Either way there are plenty of things to spark your interest and imagination. Creative Cosmos runs between October 2015 and April 2016. Whether you are a budding astronomer already or a complete beginner who just wants to see what it is all about just jump on in and get involved. The Royal Observatory Astronomers will be with you the whole way along providing hints and tips as well as awarding the badges each fortnight. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get cracking!
We want to know what you think of the education programme we offer. We have new teacher forums for primary and secondary education as well as an online forum for anyone that wants to be involved but cannot visit us. So whether your school is 2 or 200 miles away you can still join in. We hold meetings approximately once a term so the commitment is manageable. The forums allow teachers to: see any new material (workshops and shows) and tell us what you think before anyone else, fedback on the education programme we offer and tell us if there is anything we are missing, network to share best practice of teaching Space Science with other teachers and keep up to date with the latest developments in Astronomy and Space Science.
Would you like to chat to one of our astronomers in your classroom? You can now chat to one of our astronomers from the comfort of your classroom. These sessions are facilitated via Skype and very flexible so they can often fit around your school day. Whether you are looking for someone to chat about cutting edge science, answer your questions about space or talk about their career path this is a great addition to school lessons. All you need to do is send us a request and let us know if there is a particular topic you would like to chat about. One of our astronomers will then get in touch to arrange a time. They will also send you their profile so that you can see what their particular field of expertise is and get thinking of some good questions.
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Further information can be found at the Royal Observatory – Education website.