Space as a context for teaching science - the James Webb Space Telescope SV205 / A16

Start date
21 Jun 17
Duration
4 Days
Location
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Oxford, Didcot OX11 0QX View on Google Map

Summary

Enrich your classroom teaching by using space and the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) as an inspiring context for learning STEM subjects.

Come to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and see cutting-edge facilities where hundreds of instruments have been tested before being sent out into space. Learn from scientists and engineers who have worked on this ground-breaking telescope as well as from educators who will showcase curriculum-relevant resources. You will take these away and integrate them into your own teaching before coming back together in the autumn to share your ideas.

Due for launch in 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will address some of the biggest open questions about our Universe: when did the first galaxies emerge? How do stars and planets form? How unique is our planet? JWST is also a marvel of engineering, and the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), one of the key science instruments on board, was designed, built and tested here in the UK. Described as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST is expected to re-write textbooks and hit the headlines just as Hubble did.

This course has an associated ENTHUSE Award, covering the full course fee, travel, accommodation and all meals (for eligible schools).

Course fees vary for participants outside of the UK. Please contact enquiries@stem.org.uk for more information.

 

Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • increase your subject knowledge of an inspirational area of cutting-edge research and technology development
  • explore a range of flexible, practical  ideas to use space in general – and JWST specifically – to provide an inspiring context for learning across the physics curriculum
  • try out and take away materials for a collection of curriculum-linked, space-based practical activities in the areas of: cosmology, exoplanets, stellar evolution and thermal insulation
  • tour facilities and meet scientists and engineers working on the JWST project

 

Sessions

Space as a context for teaching science - the James Webb Space Telescope - day 121 June 2017 18:00-19:00
Space as a context for teaching science - the James Webb Space Telescope - day 222 June 2017 09:00-18:00
Space as a context for teaching science - the James Webb Space Telescope - day 323 June 2017 09:00-15:00
Space as a context for teaching science - the James Webb Space Telescope - day 410 October 2017 09:30-16:00

Pricing

State funded school or college£1,000.00 +VAT£1200.00ENTHUSE Award
Fee paying school or college (independent)£1,000.00 +VAT

Teachers or technicians working in state-funded schools or colleges in the UK are eligible for these bursaries which can be used to contribute to covering the cost of course fees, supply cover, travel, accommodation, or equipment for your school. Find out more.

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