Space is a fascinating topic for most people and an integral part of the science curriculum.
Many theories in space science are fast moving and it is a real challenge for teachers to keep up with recent developments. This course aims to give you a firm grounding in key theories of space science, highlight recent advances in the field and provide you with an insight into current research efforts. The course will focus on areas of space science that are covered in the current GCSE science syllabuses. With a particular focus on the Big Bang and the nature of galaxies which are part of the core GCSE syllabus. Also covered is the life cycle of stars which is part of the triple science delivery. There will also be a fascinating visit to the University of Hertfordshire Observatory, regarded as one of the finest teaching observatories in the country and which has featured in many TV programmes including Stargazing Live. You will be able to visit the 8 telescope domes as well as a 4.5m radio dish equipped with a state of the art hydrogen line receiver.
- identify new contexts and ideas for effective delivery of How Science Works
- explore scientific issues and controversies
- engage with inspiring teaching resources and approaches including practical work
- work alongside scientists involved in cutting edge research to develop knowledge and skills in authentic contexts
- demonstrate how mathematical skills are relevant to course topics
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The Course Programme:
3.15-4.00 Astrophysics talk 1 (UH Astro)
4.00-4.45 Teaching activities (RRM)
4.45-5.15 Break (food)
5.15-6.00 Astrophysics talk 2 (UH Astro)
6.00-6.30 Teaching activities (RRM)
6.30-8.00 Observatory visit (Mark Gallaway)
David Pinfield: With the latest astronomical equipment it has become possible to detect and measure planets around other stars in the Galaxy. This is revealing our place in the Universe, and showing that the Solar system is by no means unique. In this talk I will explain some of the most important methods used to detect planets, and discuss some of the most exciting discoveries made to date.
Sean Ryan: All of the matter from which we and the things around us are made came from astronomical sources: the big bang, stars, and cosmic rays. The processes by which they are made tell us much about the origin and early evolution of the Universe. Such investigations in galactic archaeology draw on the same fundamental science concepts that are studied by high school students, but they face some difficult challenges in the explaining unexpected discoveries in modern astrophysics.
Mark Galloway: As well as proving undergraduate teaching of astrophysics and proving science outreach to the local community, the Bayfordbury Observatory is a growing and thriving research facility. Our resident astrophysicist, Dr Mark Gallaway, will discuss the science being conducted on site, from searching for exploding stars in distant galaxies to observing stars caught in celestial battles for survival and to more earthly projects looking at how our own environment is changing.
This will be followed by a talk in the planetarium on the night sky including a demonstration of the processes that led to lunar phases and eclipses.
We will then go out onto site for a tour around the Observatory and the Patrick Moore Building, including seeing the telescopes in action and a chance to see real live scientists in action.