Our solar siblings: A high school focussed robotic telescope-based astronomy education project

M. T. Fitzgerald, D. H. McKinnon, L. Danaia, R. Cutts, S. Salimpour, M. Sacchi

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In this paper, a robotic telescope-centric high-school level astronomy education project, OurSolar Siblings (OSS) is outlined. The project, an LCO official education partner, was formed asan institution-independent non-profit collaboration of volunteers officially in 2014, although thefirst version of the curriculum materials and approach was initially first designed in 2010. Weoutline the five goals of the project and the three approaches (formal classroom, independentstudent research and providing support to similar endeavours) we implement to pursuethese goals. The curriculum materials, a central part of the project, are outlined as are theirconnections to various curriculum. The independent research project aspect and recentactivity is presented. The article concludes with a brief update on the OSS evaluation whichdrives the educational design and the project’s future directions as of 2017.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRobotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Proceedings, Vol 1, No 1
PublisherOur Solar Siblings
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780648399605
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2018
Event2nd Annual Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE) 2017 - Hacienda Hotel, San Diego, United States
Duration: 18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017
https://aas.org/events/2017-02/robotic-telescopes-student-research-and-education (Conference information)


Conference2nd Annual Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE) 2017
Abbreviated titlePast, present, future
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
OtherNOTE - program attached to PID 480414047

The Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education: Past, Present, Future conference will focus on the use of remotely-located, relatively small, typically optical robotic telescopes to support, promote, and drive research undertaken by high school and undergraduate students for scientific research as well as educational outcomes and uses.

The conference will aim to tie diverse strands into a coherent story of where we have been (the past), where we are now (the present), and outline the pathways and challenges going forward (the future). In doing so, we endeavor to provide a synthesis of the relatively disconnected communities surrounding remote and robotic telescopes, scientific research, and astronomy education to provide a global picture of the field in its current state.
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