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Astronomy edu network - israel & middle east astronomical activities

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GTTP Israel

Bareket observatory | http://www.bareket-astro.com 02/2010


GTTP teacher's sessions in Israel.
The first meeting was for the schools national science supervisors as well as teachers, which held at the Tel-Aviv University. According to the feedback it was a great success.


The teacher workshops are both for the Arab and Jewish sections.

So far we've had about 600 teachers in 14 workshops. 6 more workshops are scheduled for the following 5 weeks. 


One of the goals is to directly present classroom activities and hands on tutorials for the teachers, so that they could learn how to implement the astronomical materials in the classroom, while supporting the national curriculum.

Main discussed topics - lunar cycle, sizes in space, life on other planets, day & night, seasons, stars life cycle, space instrumentation, atmospheric phenomenon and more.


The teachers will make an extensive use of the observatory's Astro-Edu network (further details below), which keeps on expanding on a steady state.

Astro-Edu net can be translated to more than 60 different languages using the integrated translating module.


We're pleased to announce the official operation of the Astro-Edu network [2008]network [2008]. State of the art astronomical-educational database for teachers, students and the general public.
One of the goals is to bond the Middle East population, while using astronomy as the catalyze.

* Project's home page :

* Observatory English pages :

* Abstract :
Imagine a place where teachers and young students can take a journey
into space, without ever leaving their home or classroom.
An educational place with practical and computer-based activities to inspire and excite them, while supporting the National Curriculum.

A place that give a vision of the future, while bonding the population
at the middle east, using real science and educational opportunities in
space and Earth science topics.
That is the main core of the Bareket observatory Astro-Edu Net program.

The program made especially for students ages 6 to 18 (K1-K12), and is
including special chapters for teachers and hands on classroom activities.
The Astro-Edu program is also offering FREE ACCESS to on line science
tutorials, lesson plans, CCD astronomical images library, physics
projects live webcasts, viewing access to the Israeli INTERNET ROBOTIC
TELESCOPE and much more...

The Astro-Edu net is open to all the interested.
Join us in this amazing quest and start exploring the universe.

Bareket observatory’s Astronomical-Educational net (Astro-Edu Net) is an
educational program that enables students to investigate the Universe
while applying tools and concepts from science, math, and technology.

Using the Internet, Astro-Edu participants around the world can have
access to observations from the Bareket observatory automated Internet
remote controlled telescope, download images from a large image archive,
and analyze them with the aid of user-friendly image processing
software. The Bareket observatory is the educational center for the
Astro-net project.

Bareket Observatory (Israel) introduces teachers and students from
around the country to other colleagues from all over the globe and
provides them with the scaffolding to perform research projects in their
classroom. Students are participating at the projects by using the
observatory's on-line activities and completing observations on its
state of the art remote internet telescope, analyzing the data and
interpreting their results.

The ASTRO-EDU programme's core actions give an opportunity to anyone who
has an interest in the night sky and wishes to have fun learning about
the Universe in a scientific manner. It is "research-based" in the sense
that it integrates scientific research with education, globally speaking.
In order to achieve a comprehensive coverage for the project it was
decided to start an initiative to create a large educational database
for students and teachers. A new state-of-the-art educational website,
including lesson plans, online activities, video training, a CCD
library, and much more will be released.

Example for latest live astronomical outreach sessions:
1. Deep sky objects (DSO) for those who are blind - live view via the big robotic
, including musical representation for those who are blind. See
also movie at the bottom of the page - for how the web cast is being
used for U.S classroom :

2. live Astro-cast of the EXTRASOLAR PLANET XO-3b transit :

Bareket observatory, Israel





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