Teaching and Learning Resources – DE

The GLORIA Project opens up remote telescopes world-wide for large-scale use in education. It offers students the opportunity to perform scientific experiments with online web-tools using previously collected data, or to collect their own data using the telescopes of the network.

Teachers may enrich their classroom activities with demonstrations, for example by using the TAD solar telescope live, or by accessing some of the detailed background material prepared by GLORIA scientists.

Astronomy is a science that can inspire school-children and reinforce their learning in other topics in the curriculum, such as trigonometry, geometry, measurement and mapping.

These resources explore some of what we can learn about our place in the universe from observations of the Sun, stars and galaxies, and from exciting events like the Transit of Venus and Total Solar eclipses.


TRANSIT OF VENUS


Subject(s):
  » Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics, History, Computing
Activity Type:
  • Analysis Tool: Online measurement of Earth-Sun distance
  • Teacher resources (detailed description, animation, videos)
Weblink: Go to dedicated page
Language(s):
  • English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Russian
Grade Level(s):
  • Primary Education (10-12 years old), Secondary Education (12-15 years old), Secondary Education (15-18 years old)
Booking Required: No

Description:
The Transit of Venus in 2012 was literally a once in a lifetime event (the next one isn’t until 2117). Historically, previous Transits of Venus were used to measure the distance between the Earth and the Sun. Now, GLORIA makes this distance measurement possible through a student-friendly online web-tool, using data collected during the 2012 Transit of Venus.


TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE


Subject(s):
  » Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics, Geography, Statistics, Computing
Activity Type:
  • Analysis Tool: Online measurement of thermal inertia of the atmosphere
  • Teacher  resources (detailed description, videos)
Weblink: Go to dedicated page
Language(s):
  • English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Russian
Grade Level(s):
  • Primary Education (10-12 years old); Secondary Education (12-15 years old); Secondary Education (15-18 years old)
Booking Required: No

Description:
During a total solar eclipse, the atmosphere cools. However, there is a time delay between the minimum sky brightness and the minimum temperature, due to the fact that the atmosphere has mass. This user-friendly online web tool allows students to make measurement of the ‘thermal inertia’ of the atmosphere, compare their results with others, and develop the concept of errors associated with measurements.


OBSERVING THE SUN WITH A SOLAR TELESCOPE


Subject(s):
  » Astronomy, Physics, Computing, Image processing
Activity Type:
  • Hands-on interactive via the web
Weblink: Go to dedicated page or booking form
Language(s):
  • English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Russian
Grade Level(s):
  • Primary Education (10-12 years old); Secondary Education (12-15 years old); Secondary Education (15-18 years old)
Booking Required: Yes

Description:
Control a telescope from the classroom and contribute to scientific research! The TAD solar telescope is dedicated to observing the Sun. It is located at Teide Observatory in Tenerife. In this activity you can book a slot on the telescope and take your own images of the Sun. These images can then be added to our archive and used to calculate the Sun’s ‘Wolf number’, a crowd-sourced experiment to monitor solar activity.


PERSONAL SPACE


Subject(s):
  » Astronomy, Physics, Mapping, History
Activity Type:
  • Hands-on interactive via the web
Weblink: Announcement web page
Language(s):
  • English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Russian
Grade Level(s):
  • Primary Education (10-12 years old); Secondary Education (12-15 years old); Secondary Education (15-18 years old)
Booking Required: No

Description:
If you could point a telescope anywhere on the sky, where would you look? Personal Space is allows  your students to find a direct and personal connection to the vast universe by linking significant moments in their own lives to what was happening directly above and/or below them in the universe, at a specific time and place on earth. This personal connection can act as a starting point for learning more about the planets, stars and galaxies in the universe. A gallery of events also links students’ personal spaces with historical or political ones.


MEASURING SOLAR ACTIVITY


Subject(s):
  » Astronomy, Physics, Computing, Mathematics
Activity Type:
  • Analysis Tool: Online and smartphone tool to calculate solar activity
Weblink: Go to dedicated page
Language(s):
  • English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Russian
Grade Level(s):
  • Primary Education (10-12 years old); Secondary Education (12-15 years old); Secondary Education (15-18 years old)
Booking Required: No

Description:
The surface of the Sun is often dotted with cooler, darker, regions called ‘sunspots’, associated with magnetic activity in the Sun. Monitoring solar activity is important as we try to better understand the processes in the Sun and even learn to predict when solar storms might buffet the Earth, affecting our communications systems and satellite assets.

Images of the Sun taken by the TAD telescope are analysed to determine the  Sun’s activity using an interactive web-based tool, that is also available for free download as an Android smartphone app.


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