PULSE@Parkes: Pulsar Observing for High School Students.

R. Hollow, G. Hobbs, D.J. Champion, S. Amy, J. Khoo, M. Chapman, M. Mulcahy, L. Alem, D. Krumm-Heller, David McKinnon, Lena Danaia, F. Jenet, M. Carr

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The PULSE@Parkes (PULsar Student Exploration online at Parkes) projecthas been designed to allow high school students to control the 64m Parkes radiotelescope. The students analyze their observations of radio pulsars and sharetheir results with students in other schools. The data they obtain are also usedby professional astronomers to support ongoing mainstream science projects.PULSE@Parkes provides students with an opportunity to use an iconic Aus-tralian major national facility, experience a real observation session and interactwith professional astronomers. The embedded education research program seeksto determine the true value of the observing experience and whether studentsengage with the extensive online project materials. This project is the first stageof a long-term plan to develop effective and stimulating education activities thatutilize the wealth of data that will be produced by the Australian Square Kilo-metre Array Pathfinder telescope that will be completed early next decade.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPreparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy
Subtitle of host publicationA Hands-On Symposium , ASP Conference Series
EditorsBruce Partridge Bruce Partridge
Place of PublicationSan Francisco
PublisherAstronomical Society of the Pacific
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781583816721
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventMeeting of the American Astronomical Society - St. Louis, Missouri, USA, New Zealand
Duration: 01 Jun 200805 Jun 2008


ConferenceMeeting of the American Astronomical Society
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


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