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Astronomy Masterclasses in Slovakia


To teach high school students the fundamentals of astrology and the process of discovery


International Particle Physics Masterclasses (MC) is a successful event for high school students. MC has 3 key elements: lectures, execises with real data from CERN and videoconference.
Astronomy Masterclass (AM) in Slovakia was a test if this MC format could work in a different field. The topic of 2006 Astronomy Masterclass was “Asteroids, their trajectories and possible threat to Earth“. 30 students participated, all from one average class of a high school in Prešov. Program included lectures and hands-on data from NASA. It did not include videoconference at the end of AM (there were no other participants to join with)
Instead, it included project competition on astronomy topics – 6 projects were handed-in and defended 2 months after AM. AM was very well received by the students. The organizers felt the same enthusiasm on the side of students as during MC.

Post date: Thu, Aug 04, 2011 — 10:24
Updated date: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 — 04:23

Learning Topics

Life as a Physicist
Process of Discovery