Space as a context for teaching science: the Gaia spacecraft mission to map the Milky Way SV202 / A15

Start date
13 Jun 16
Duration
5 Days
Location
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Oxford, Didcot OX11 0QX View on Google Map
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Summary

Learn from the scientists and engineers involved in one of the most important space missions to be launched this decade.

Take part in a series of practical activities that will include innovative ways of teaching topics such as the electromagnetic spectrum, redshift and measuring distances within the universe.

The first part of the course will take place at the Science and Technology Facilities Council Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire, and will include tours of cutting edge facilities and sessions with the Gaia team from Cambridge University and the Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

The second part of the course will be at the National Science Learning Centre in York. You will have the opportunity to see the National STEM Centre and visit the University of York Astrocampus for an evening of night sky observation.

Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • learn about three main Gaia topics: the science of the telescope; putting the telescope into space: rocketry, orbits and materials at cold temperatures; and the astronomical science goals of the Gaia mission, in particular research into exoplanets and galaxies
  • meet and hear from scientists and engineers working on Gaia and see some of the cutting edge science facilities at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • try out and take away novel space based teaching activities

Sessions

Space as a Context for Teaching Science: The Gaia Spacecraft Mission to Map the Milky Way - day 113 June 2016 18:30-19:30
Space as a Context for Teaching Science: The Gaia Spacecraft Mission to Map the Milky Way - day 214 June 2016 08:30-18:00
Space as a Context for Teaching Science: The Gaia Spacecraft Mission to Map the Milky Way - day 315 June 2016 08:30-15:45
Space as a Context for Teaching Science: The Gaia Spacecraft Mission to Map the Milky Way - day 417 October 2016 18:00-20:30
Space as a Context for Teaching Science: The Gaia Spacecraft Mission to Map the Milky Way - day 518 October 2016 09:00-15:30

Notes

The cost of accommodation and food is included in the course fee. Delegates will stay at Milton Hill House.

 

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Additional information

For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 

 

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