Apply For The 2020 Astronomy Education Adventure in the Canary Islands

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Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia (NUCLIO) and Instituto de Astrofísica de Canárias (IAC) has joined hands to promote another edition of Education Adventure in the Canary Islands from 19th-24th of July 2020 at Tenerife (La Laguna), with this year’s main theme as Exoplanets. Individuals who want to discover a new planet around another star and can involve students in real research experiences are encouraged to apply.

Participants are also invited to participate in new research projects where the models to understand the Universe can be challenged. Adequate access to professional robotic telescopes, astrobiology and understand what it takes to discover life out there.

The course is composed of lectures, hands-on activities, visits to Teide Observatory (Tenerife) and Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (La Palma), experiencing the local gastronomy and much more.

This course is organized by the IAC and NUCLIO (the coordinators of the Galileo Teacher Training Program) and is carried out in collaboration with the Faulkes Telescope Education Team, the National Schools’ Observatory and CESAR (ESA’s education efforts at ESAC in Madrid).

Who can apply?

The course is open to teachers of all grade levels and subject domains willing to dive into a real STEAM experience (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). We believe that learning improves when students are embedded in interdisciplinary experiences and in environments that seamlessly integrate horizontal  (across subject domains) and vertical (across different grade levels) articulation.

A minimum of 10 participants is required for the course to take place. 

Preliminary Programme Topics

  • Visits to: the IAC Instrumentation area, Teide Observatory, with Sun and night sky observing sessions, and Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (optional)
  • Lectures by researchers on current topics related to exoplanets and their stars
  • Innovative Methodologies: Inquiry and project-based learning, interdisciplinary learning, etc.
  • Hands-on activities: homemade spectroscope
  • Digital tools and resources for research in the classroom: Stellarium, Salsa J, PeterSoft, Augmented Reality, etc.
  • Observing and processing images from robotic telescopes
  • Brainstorming sessions on how to integrate the presented projects in classrooms

Fees & Funding

The course fee is 70€/day and covers:

  • Participation in all seminars and courses
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Visits to the facilities at IAC headquarters and Teide Observatory
  • All necessary materials
  • Post-workshop support

The trip to La Palma is optional. The visit to the Observatory Roque de Los Muchachos is free. However, participants will have to cover their costs for the trip and lunch in La Palma.

There will be a social dinner. The costs might be totally or partially covered by the organization depending on the number of participants.

Participants coming from the European Union can benefit from funding coming from the Erasmus+ mobility funds. These funds provide individual support for the participants covering their course fees, travel, subsistence, and accommodation. For more information on the eligibility of your country please consult the list here. Information on how to apply can be found here.

Spanish applicants (who cannot apply for Erasmus+) may benefit from partial support from the IAC to cover fee waves. The number of scholarships is limited and will be assigned by a selection committee constituted by the organization members. The selection will be based on the information provided in the application. Participants are expected to cover their travel cost, lodging and the cost of their remainder meals. The deadline for participants willing to benefit from a possible scholarship should apply before May 31st, 2020.

Registration

To secure your slot in the training please complete the online application form.
Deadline for applications June 15th!

Apply Here!