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TITLE OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITY
IN THE LANGUAGE OF TUITION
EU-HOU: Hands-On Universe, Europe. Bringing frontline interactive astronomy in the classroom.
TRAINING AIMED AT PARTICIPANTS RECEIVING :
A COMENIUS GRANT (SCHOOL EDUCATION)

TYPE AND ORIGIN OF THE TRAINING:
COURSE
(training resulting from an llp or previous socrates project (comenius, lingua, grundtvig, minerva))

LLP OR SOCRATES PROJECT NO. : 141928-LLP-1-2008-1-FR-COMENIUS-CMP / 2008-3371
IN-SERVICE TRAINING IN THE FIELD OF SCIENCES
Maths, chemistry & physics
New technologies
MAIN LANGUAGE: English
LANGUAGE VERSION(S) IN WHICH MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED:
English
SCHOOL AND PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION
General secondary
Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
Teacher trainers
INSTITUTION ORGANISING THE TRAINING
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6
4, Place Jussieu
75252 - Cedex 05
Paris
France
www.upmc.fr
 
Anne-Laure Melchior
00.33.(0)1.40.51.20.61
00.33.(0)1.40.51.20.02
training@euhou.net
Gilles Chagnon
00.33.(0)1.44.27.60.11
00.33.(0)1.53.10.43.30
Gilles.Chagnon@upmc.fr
FULL DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING CONTENTS
IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING: (EN)
The teachers are encouraged to visit the Web site of the project (http://www.euhou.net) where news and pedagogical ressources are available. Teachers should be able to communicate in English on scientific topics.
The main goal of this training is to re-awake the interest for science in the young generation with inquiry-based methods. Renewing of the teaching of science is fulfilled through astronomy as a well-established source of motivation, and through the use of new ICT. Involving teachers in a variety of research-based astronomical projects, we will excite, enthuse and motivate them to teach science/technology/maths. The training is intended to enhance basic competencies of teachers and develop higher level skills and expertise, primarily in ICT, maths and physics area. The EU-HOU project will provide the opportunity for trained teachers to get involved in stimulating international collaborations and to enthuse their pupils to study sciences/technology/maths at a higher level.

The training is designed to provide tools to help teachers to challenge and inspire pupils in order to keep science in the heart of society to avoid a regress to barbarism. The idea is to enable pupils to analyse and measure by themselves astronomical data designed to make them understand basic and scientific concepts, learn the scientific method and acquire key skills for thinking by themselves and actively participate in a sustainable economy.
Lectures will be proposed to provide an overview of selected topics in astronomy.
Access to state-of-the-art technology such as robotic telescopes and « virtual observatory »databases and software will be emphasized, ensuring strong ICT links for the training. Practical sessions will thus be organised (e.g. on-line observations in the optical and in radio, building a spectroscope, mounting a galileoscope...). These activities will be easily repeated in classroom after the training. Cross-curricular ICT exercises based on astronomical data and (multilingual) data-analysis software (SalsaJ) will be presented in a computer room. These exercises have been tested in secondary schools of the various partner countries of the project and are designed to be introduced in classrooms.

Educational materials and supporting information available on the Web site (in English and adapted in different languages) will be presented, as well as connected details to the forum to join the EU-HOU teachers network. These ressources have been developped by the EU-HOU project (http://www.euhou.net; funded by the European Commission
141928-LLP-1-2008-1-FR-COMENIUS-CMP / 2008-3371; 113969-CP-1-2004-1-FR-MINERVA-M).

"Social events" (dinner, evening visit of an observatory...) will be organised to favour possible future collaborative work.
Contacts with the trainers will be encouraged. The teachers will be shown how to register on the EU-HOU forum to join the EU-HOU network of teachers. Interested teachers will then be offered an access to remotely controled telescopes (depending on current availabilities), or to contribute to the development of new ressources in interaction with researchers.
 
PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)
Monday
9h00 - 10h30 Lecture. Current challenge in Astronomy: General Introduction
10h30 - 11h00 Coffee break
11h00-12h30 Practical sessions: Mounting galileoscopes/On-line observations
12h30-14h00 Lunch Break
14h-17h ITC exercise with SalsaJ: Introduction, powers of 10


Tuesday
9h00 - 10h30 Lecture. Current challenge in Astronomy: Spectroscopy
10h30 - 11h00 Coffee break
11h00-12h30 Practical sessions: Building a spectroscope/On-line observations
12h30-14h00 Lunch Break
14h-17h ITC exercise with SalsaJ: Measuring distances in the Universe: Supernovae Ia, Cepheids

Wednesday
9h00 - 10h30 Lecture. Current challenge in Astronomy: Cosmology and black holes
10h30 - 11h00 Coffee break
11h00-12h30 Practical sessions: Sun4all/On-line observations
12h30-14h00 Lunch Break
14h-17h ITC exercise with SalsaJ: Dark matter and rotation curves of galaxies

Thursday
9h00 - 10h30 Lecture. Current challenge in Astronomy: Extra-solar planets, impacts in the Solar System and Near-Earth Objects
10h30 - 11h00 Coffee break
11h00-12h30 Practical sessions: Study of the Hydrogen of the Milky Way/On-line observations
12h30-14h00 Lunch Break
14h-17h ITC exercise with SalsaJ: craters and impacts in the Solar System

Friday
9h00 - 10h30 Lecture. Presentation of the EU-HOU project
10h30 - 11h00 Coffee break
11h00-12h30 Practical sessions: Registration on EU-HOU forum, introduction to EU-HOU Web site
12h30-14h00 Lunch Break
14h-17h ITC exercise with SalsaJ: detection of extrasolar planets (radial velocities, transit method)
 
TYPE OF CERTIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE AWARDED
Europass Mobility certificate Certificate of attendance
 
Europass Mobility certificate Certificate of attendance
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