The main aim of the project is to create an innovative non-formal education tool in order to help the young people to better understand science and scientifical diagrams. The tool teaches but also responds for youth’s need of competition and development.
Gaining knowledge of astronomical terms and phenomena connected with stellar evolution are the main aims of the workshop. The participants will get familiar with types of stars and their evolutionary tracks. Using an accessible tool – innovative, educational board game – young people will develop skills in reading scientific charts and logical thinking. During the game players will adapt their strategies based on collected information and learn how to use astronomical data.
The educational game titled ‘We are all stars’ was tested and prepared in four language versions: Czech, English, Polish, Slovakian.
1. Introduction: evolutionary tracks and the main star types. Materials: poster of Hertzsprung-Russell diagram and stellar evolutionary tracks.
(optional: information about logarithms and logarithmic scale)
2. Practical part: explaining rules of the educational board game; play in groups of 2-4 players; supervision of the educator. Materials: educational games ‘We are all stars’.
3. Closing: summary of the learned terms and skills (work in groups).
Original materials containing scientific charts are used during the workshop. Some of the diagrams use the logarithmic scale. Because of this the workshop is dedicated to high school students at the first place. The workshop can be conducted for younger students as well, but it requires extended introduction. No former astronomical knowledge is required, although an ability to use the scientific notation is very useful.
The 'We are all stars' board game. It can be found at the website: http://fundacjaantares.pl/allstars.html both in original version as well as 'easy-to-print' version.