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Stellarium Gornergrat

English title Stellarium Gornergrat
Applicant Mueller Andreas
Number 151518
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Observatoire de Genève Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences
Start/End 01.05.2014 - 31.12.2015
Approved amount 80'000.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences
Educational science and Pedagogy

Keywords (2)

astronomy education; remote controlled observatory

Lay Summary (French)

Lead
« Stellarium Gornergrat » est un observatoire astronomique contrôlé à distance à but éducatif installé au Gornergrat. L'idée est d’offrir un « observatoire publique » avec des performances professionnelles et avec de trois modes de contrôle à distance (données d’archives, en mode robotique et en mode temps réel).Un élément clé de ce projet est le développement de modules pédagogiques adaptés aux différentes possibilités d’observations (caméra all sky, télescopes planétaire, solaire et ciel profond). Ce travail est accompli par deux enseignants à Genève et à Berne, qui assurent que le matériel pédagogique produit est en adéquation avec les programmes curriculaires en vigueur dans ces deux régions linguistiques de la Suisse. Cela permet également de fournir du matériel pédagogique aux enseignants pour la promotion de l’éducation scientifique basée sur le questionnement, la recherche et l’expérimentation.
Lay summary

« Stellarium Gornergrat » est un observatoire astronomique contrôlé à distance à but éducatif. L’observatoire est installé au Gornergrat et offrira successivement de nouvelles possibilités d’observations (caméra all sky, télescopes planétaire, solaire et ciel profond). Son but est d’offrir un « observatoire publique » avec des performances professionnelles à différents groupes cibles (éducation formelle : élèves, enseignants ; éducation non-formelle : grand public via des « science centers », clubs de science, etc.) à l’aide de trois modes de contrôle à distance (données d’archives, en mode robotique et en mode temps réel).

Les recherches en astronomie conduites à l’UniGe et à l’UniBe sont mondialement reconnues. Les exoplanètes, l’exploration du système solaire ou encore les images de l’Univers primordial fascinent le grand public et ne manquent pas d’éveiller l’intérêt pour les sciences. Stellarium va permettre d’étendre les possibilités de mener des observations et de petits, mais « réels », programmes de recherche avec des élèves et le grand public en promouvant l’intérêt pour la science en partageant l’enthousiasment de la découverte.

Un élément clé de ce projet est le développement de modules pédagogiques adaptés aux différentes possibilités d’observations. Ce travail est accompli par deux enseignants en dégrèvement partiel, l’un à Genève et l’autre à Berne. Ceci permet d’assurer que le matériel pédagogique produit est en adéquation avec les programmes curriculaires en vigueur dans ces deux régions linguistiques de la Suisse. Cela permet également de fournir du matériel pédagogique aux enseignants pour la promotion de l’éducation scientifique basée sur le questionnement, la recherche et l’expérimentation.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 18.02.2014

Lay Summary (English)

Lead
“Stellarium Gornergrat” is a remote access observatory for educational purposes at the Gornergrat. Its goal is to provide a “public observatory” with professional performance and three type of remote access (archive data, robotic and real-time remote control) for several target groups and settings (formal learning: pupils, teachers; informal learning: general publicvia science centres, science clubs etc.).A key element for the project is the development of pedagogical modules in line with the increasing observation possibilities (all-sky camera, planetary, sun, deep-field telescopes). This work is carried out by two teachers in Geneva and Bern, ensuring adequate embedding in the science curricula in the different language areas of the country, and providing teachers with practical resources for the classroom that promote science teaching based on questioning, researching and experimentation.
Lay summary

“Stellarium Gornergrat” is a remote access observatory for educational purposes. It is installed at the Gornergrat, with successively increasing observation possibilities (all sky-camera, planetary, sun and deep-field telescopes).  Its goal is to provide a “public observatory” with professional performance and three type of remote access (archive data, robotic and real-time remote control) for several target groups and settings (formal learning: pupils, teachers; informal learning: general public via science centres, science clubs etc.).

Astronomical research conducted at UniGe and UniBe is recognized worldwide. Exoplanets, exploration of the solar system, and early picture of our Universe capture the public imagination and interest for science. The Stellarium will extend the possibility to conduct observation and small, but “real-flavour” research programs on these themes to pupils and the general public, thus fostering the interest for science by sharing the excitement of  discovery.

A key element for the project is the development of pedagogical modules in line with the increasing observation possibilities. This work is carried out by two teachers in Geneva and Bern on partial duty leaves, ensuring an adequate embedding in the science curricula in the different language areas of the country, and providing teachers with practical resources for the classroom that promote science teaching based on questioning, researching and experimentation.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 18.02.2014

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Name Institute

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
the Burgergemeinde Zermatt Switzerland (Europe)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Foundation High Altitude Research Stations Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat (HFSJG), Switzerland (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
IUFE (Institut Universitaire de Formation des Enseignants), Genevaa Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
(Mathematics Physics Astronomy) of SCNAT Switzerland (Europe)
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
PH Bern Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Other activities Teacher Professional Education Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2014

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
128722 Le projet TRAPPIST 01.12.2009 R'EQUIP
184355 Green Breath Box: Insights into biogeochemical cycles, environment, and sustainability 01.10.2019 Agora
139898 Stellarium Gornergrat 01.04.2012 Agora
133764 A New Generation Transit Survey 01.12.2010 R'EQUIP

Abstract

“Stellarium Gornergrat” is an astronomical facility being installed at Gornergrat for educational purpose with the goal to provide access to astronomical observation to the public in general and to young people. This facility is built with the support of the International Foundation High Altitude Research Stations Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat (HFSJG), the Burgergemeinde Zermatt, Bern Centre for Space and Habitability and Geneva University Astronomy department and the SNF through an on-going AGORA grant. “Stellarium Gornergrat” is built to deliver a “public observatory” with professional performances to be remote controlled from any location with the help of an easy-to-use web-interface. It is conceived to become an ideal platform for the education of students, for visitors at the Gornergrat as well as the general public, and thus to evolve into a prime site in Switzerland for astronomy and science education. The educational programs are targeted to make this facility a major tool for educations. They will be planed and organized in close collaboration with teachers and with existing Swiss infrastructure for science outreach and communications at UniGe and UniBe.The telescope installation is now completed with the 50cm telescope assembled in refurbished dome. In parallel to the hardware deployment an intense activity has been carried out to develop the pedagogical aspects and the “interface” to the experiment. This was the goal of an initial AGORA grant for which we now request an extension to carry out the next steps leading the full opening of the facility in 2015.In parallel, teachers at Bern and Geneva on partial duty leaves are organizing educational program. This way of proceeding adequately addresses science curriculum in the different area and languages of the country. The objective is to develop “educational packages” to provide teachers with practical resources for the classroom that promote science teaching based on questioning, researching and experimentation.The most visible part form the outside of “Gornergrat Stellarium” is its Web portal. It is actually the main public entry to the facility. A first part of that system has been developed and is being tested. Other elements are in design phase. A pilot program with interested teachers will be carried out in early 2014. Our overall plan is to officially open the have a first limited public access in summer 2014 for 2014-2015 school term and run the program during one year. In summer 2015 we plan the full opening of the facility.
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