The IAU Einstein Schools project encourages an understanding of the role of gravity in modern astronomy through the exciting topics of gravity, gravity waves, space-time, and the detection of gravity waves emitted from compact objects such as black holes and neutron stars. The project also considers how gravity can bend star light and how this bending can be detected during a solar eclipse. On the largest scales, the bending of starlight from galaxies or clusters of galaxies can also lead to an understanding of dark matter.
In the Einstein Schools project, schools around the world do activities about gravity in astronomy that relate to the topics listed above. They also learn how the 1919 total solar eclipse confirmed Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity and how the predictions from the theory of General Relativity can be verified during the upcoming eclipses in Chile. The Einstein schools worldwide will also be working together to make robotic telescope observations of gravitational lenses and other exciting objects affected by extreme gravity. The Einstein schools will also have the the opportunity to connect to Chilean and Argentinian Einstein schools and programs during the July 2, 2019 total solar eclipse.
How to get involved?
Teachers can help their school become an “Einstein School” working with other Einstein schools around the globe in observing how gravity shapes astronomy and astronomical objects. The teacher will receive the guidelines on how to become and Einstein School along with educational resources and activities. As and Einstein School, their students will be talking to other Einstein Schools and to professional astronomers around the world.
Youth Leaders, Planetarium, and Museum Educators can help form clubs to participate in the same way as the Einstein Schools.
Professional Astronomers, Amateur Astronomers, Scientists, and Engineers can serve as mentors to Einstein Schools in person or via email and skype. These science knowledgeable individuals are all encouraged to begin by contacting a science teacher at the high school or middle school that they themselves attended to inform them about the program, and to see if the teacher and students are interested in the program to become an Einstein School.
Companies can sponsor Einstein Schools in their area to help them get additional educational resources from the project.