Become an Einstein School

1 October 2018

Children drawing planets during an astronomy workshop. Credit: UNAWE

The Einstein Schools program is launched today to encourage talented youth around the world to learn and communicate about gravity in astronomy. As part of an international network, the schools will be able to share experiences, benefit of high-quality resources and access to astronomy professionals acting as mentors in your activities.

The Einstein Schools Global Project connects schools worldwide to help them learn about the important role gravity plays in astronomy, including the study of black holes and other compact objects, orbits, the detection of gravity waves, and whether light can be affected by gravity. The project encourages students in a club, class, or classes to creatively learn about the latest advances in astronomy. 

The project aims to reach schools in at least the 100 different countries that participate in the IAU100 celebrations. In the spirit of the IAU, the project emphasizes a creative worldwide collaboration among the participating schools. The aim is to increase student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) subjects, encourage a deeper interest in the role that gravity plays in our universe and provide access to observations of gravitationally important objects. 

To become part of the Einstein Schools network, one should form a diverse team of students and teacher advisors who want to do creative work in communicating about gravity and astronomy. The team can include students from different grade levels and teachers from any discipline. The more diverse the team, the better. 

Teams can use any form of communication, from storytelling to dance, from photography to poems. After the result is posted online, the Project Staff and other schools around the world will provide it with feedback. Professional astronomers and other mentors are available to help your continuing efforts if there is no local mentor available. Lead Teachers can register in this form to get notices and updates about the project and how to register your team.

Einstein Schools will get the opportunity to collaborate with schools in Chile and Argentina who will observe the total solar eclipse in Chile and Argentina on 2 July 2019. Moreover, they can follow breaking astronomical news and events such as the collision of black holes or neutron stars at great distances. By providing access to curated, high-quality internet resources, the schools are given more means to reach the opted result.

For more information, please visit the Einstein Schools website.

Contact

Stephen Pompea

Einstein Schools Coordinator

spompea@noao.edu

 

Jorge Rivero González

IAU100 Coordinator

rivero@strw.leidenuniv.nl

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