Image Credit: European Space Observatory (ESO)/B. Tafresh

Image Credit: European Space Observatory (ESO)/B. Tafresh

Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP) is partnering with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) in USA to create a series of educational webinars. Featuring education expert to discuss classroom resources for teachers around the world, these materials will available freely in both English and Portuguese (more translations are encouraged).

The webinars will be held once a month complementing the ASP-NASA Night Sky Network’s webinars on astronomy topics.

How can you join?

Learn: Follow the ASP-NASA Night Sky Network webinar video each month to learn more about the astronomical topic.
Hands-on: Go through the educational resource of the month.
Explore: Join the ASP-GTTP webinar to learn how to use the educational resource in your classroom and ask your questions!
Implement: We encourage you to put your learning to practice by implementing the educational resource in your classroom.
Recognise: Send us a report with photos and receive your certificate!

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February 2017 WEBINAR: LIVE on 21 February 2017 at 16:00 GMT

Seeing the Invisible

Have you ever wondered how remote controls works? They send signals in a special type of light called “Infrared Light.” Human eyes cannot detect infrared (IR) light, but smartphone and digital cameras can. Hosted by Rosa Doran of GTTP and Vivian White of ASP, the webinar will feature the lesson plan ‘Seeing the Invisible.’

Lesson plans:

Seeing the Invisible (Portuguese version)

Spectra Around Us: How to build a homemade spectroscope (Portuguese version)

Supporting video: Astronomy from the Stratosphere – NASA’s SOFIA Mission


JANUARY 2017 WEBINAR: LIVE on 31 January 2017 at 16:00 GMT

Why do Eclipse Happen?

Hosted by Rosa Doran of GTTP and Vivian White of ASP, the webinar will discuss the lesson plan ‘Yardstick Eclipse Demonstration,’ and discuss why and how does an eclipse happen. Using simple materials, teachers can create 3D models of the Earth, Moon and Sun and demonstrate solar and lunar eclipses.

Lesson plan: Yardstick Eclipse Demonstration (Portuguese version)

Supporting video: Eclipse Megamovie


DECEMBER 2016 WEBINAR: LIVE on 19 December 2016 at 16:00 GMT

Colors in Astronomy

Hosted by Rosa Doran of GTTP and Vivian White of ASP, the webinar will discuss the lesson plan ‘Why doesn’t it look like the photos?,’ with a fleet of telescopes in space and giant observatories on the ground, professional astronomers produce hundreds of spectacular images of space every year. These colorful pictures have become infused into popular culture; we find them on billboards, in commercials, and on our computers. But they also invite questions: Is this what outer space really looks like? Are the colors real? How are these images made? Coloring the Universe uses accessible language to describe how these giant telescopes work, what scientists learn with them, and how they are used to make color images.

Lesson plan: Why Doesn’t It Look Like the Photos? (Portuguese version)

Supporting video: Coloring the Universe

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NOVEMBER 2016 WEBINAR: LIVE on 22 November 2016 at 16:00 GMT

Anyone Out There?

Hosted by Rosa Doran of GTTP and Vivian White of ASP, the webinar will discuss the lesson plan ‘Anyone Out There’ and discuss the Drake Equation, each of the factors contributing to the likelihood of intelligent life in our galaxy is reviewed.

Lesson plan: Anyone Out There? Activity and PowerPoint. (Portuguese version)

Supporting video: Exploring Exoplanet Biosignatures

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