Date: July 26-30 2021
Venue: ONLINE!

This course is organised in the framework of teacher training activities of the European School Innovation Academy and the PETeR Project (IAC).

NUCLIO and the IAC (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias) join hands again to promote the seventh edition of Astronomy Education Adventure in the Canary Islands in a full online format. This year’s main theme will be “Our home in the cosmic ocean”. It commemorates the 40th anniversary of Cosmos: a Personal Voyage TV series by astrophysicist and science communicator Carl Sagan. It also celebrates the International Year of Peace and Trust.

This year’s edition will feature talks with invited IAC speakers, and tailor-made workshops that will introduce innovative learning methodologies and state of the art STEM digital tools that teachers can use to bring research and cosmos exploration to the classroom.

During five days, you will be able to discover the secrets of our universe, the latest discoveries made by researchers at the IAC, how to program observations with professional robotic telescopes, as well as practice with visualization and analysis programs of astronomical images specially developed for educational use and with real data obtained with the Liverpool Telescope, the LCO network telescopes and ESA’s scientific space-missions. All this with a special focus on our home in the Universe: the Solar System.

The program also include virtual visits to the IAC facilities, especially to the Canary Islands Observatories: the Teide Observatory (Tenerife) and the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (La Palma).

This course is organized by the IAC and NUCLIO (the coordinators of the Galileo Teacher Training Program) and is carried out in collaboration with the Faulkes Telescope Education Team, the National Schools’ Observatory and the CESAR Team (Cooperation through Education in Science and Astronomy Research, ESA’s education efforts at ESAC in Madrid) in partnership with the European School Innovation Academy (ESIA).

Sunset at Teide Observatory, Astronomy Adventure in the Canary Islands 2018.
Credits: Daniel López, IAC

Who can apply?

The course is open to teachers of all grade levels and subject domains willing to dive into a real STEAM experience (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). We believe that learning improves when students are embedded in interdisciplinary experiences and in environments that seamlessly integrate horizontal  (across subject domains) and vertical (across different grade levels) articulation.

Collage of photos of the online course Astronomy Education Adventure in the Canary Islands 2020. Credits: IAC, NUCLIO

Programme Topics

  • Lectures by researchers on current topics related to our place in the Universe and the Solar System.
  • Innovative Methodologies: Inquiry and project-based learning, interdisciplinary learning, etc.
  • Observing and processing images from robotic telescopes.
  • Digital tools and resources for research in classroom: Stellarium, Salsa J, PeterSoft, etc.
  • Inspecting scientific data collected by ESA space-missions and ground-based facilities.
  • Virtual visits to the IAC Instrumentation area, Teide Observatory, and Roque de los Muchachos Observatory.

Download the detailed program here

Practical Information

The course will be offered online using the videoconference software Zoom. A computer with internet connection is required to participate.

Fees & Funding

The course is financially supported by the organizing and collaborating institutions. A symbolic registration fee of €10 is required to all participants. All funds collected will be donated to the NUCLIO Trust for supporting students from developing countries.
Payment instructions will be sent to applicants after the registration form is completed. We accept Paypal and bank transfer. A limited number of scholarships is available for participants from underprivileged countries.


The course will accept up to 250 applicants. Registration will be open from May 31 until July 15th 2021 (or until full capacity is reached) and places will be allocated in strict order of registration.

Registration is closed!


IAC (in the framework of the PETeR project)
Faulkes Telescope
NSO – National Schools’ Observatory
Cesar Educational Program from ESA at ESAC


Ana Costa (e-mail)