The Telescopes in Schools (TiS) programme does pretty much what it says on the tin!
We aim to encourage a healthy sense of wonder and curiosity in high school students and the school community along with a positive connection with tertiary education via the medium of observational astronomy.
A typical year of TiS involves many different activities (such as talks at schools, participation in festivals and events both on campus at the University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus and also offsite), but the backbone of the programme is our work with partner schools, of which we currently have 13, including those situated in both metropolitan and regional areas. We have a special focus on government schools at this time and also a keen interest in promoting women in STEM.
TiS’s success stems from its simplicity: once we partner with a school, we lend them a very high-quality, research-grade telescope which they typically keep for 3 years. We support teachers to use the telescope and run observation nights for their students, staff, parents and community. Key to the programme is our involvement with volunteers from the University of Melbourne’s School of Physics. When possible, these volunteers attend observation nights to mingle with the community. The focus is not necessarily on astronomy education, but rather on promoting a good relationship between the school community and tertiary education in general.
There is nothing like a good role model!
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