Date: 22-26 July 2024 (July 27 optional)
Venue: San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain – hybrid format

This course is organized in the framework of teacher training activities of the PETeR Project (IAC).

10th Astronomy Education Adventure in the Canary Islands 2024

Celebrate with us the 10th anniversary of the Astronomy Education Adventure in the Canary Islands!  The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), in collaboration with NUCLIO, the Faulkes Telescope Project, the CESAR team at ESAC, and The Schools’ Observatory invite you to join this special edition in which we will revisit the themes of previous schools from a current perspective and with new resources.

Under the slogan  “Explore the Universe With Us”, we will take you on a journey through many areas of astronomy, from the Solar System to distant galaxies, with an approach of practical application to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) education.

The main objective of the school is to provide participating teachers with the knowledge and tools to stimulate their students’ interest in science and technology through their participation in research projects in Astronomy and related areas, as well as to promote critical thinking, problem-solving skills, knowledge of the sky and its preservation as part of humanity’s heritage.

The school will be held from July 22 to 26, 2024 in a hybrid format, both face-to-face (in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands) and online, allowing participants from all over the world to enjoy the unique AEACI experience at the best convenience and in a sustainable way.


Who can apply?

Teachers of all grade levels and subject domains as well as informal educators are invited to attend the school and dive into a real STEAM experience.

About the School

General Information

Dates: July 22-26, 2024 (July 27 optional)

Venue: “Sala Grande” of IACTEC, San Cristóbal de La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain).

Duration: 32 certifiable hours

Modality: hybrid (in-person and online)

Language: English

Topics and Lecturers

The programme will combine lectures by experts from the IAC and other collaborating institutions with hands-on workshops to learn how to use professional robotic telescopes, astronomical images and other scientific data in the development of student research projects.

The school also includes educational visits (on-site and virtual) to the IAC facilities and to the Observatories of the Canary Islands.

The school’s contents will cover the following topics:

  • The message of light 
  • Our home in the Cosmic Ocean
  • Stars
  • Other worlds 
  • Astronomy for sustainable development

Registration

Registration will be open until June 30 (or until full capacity is reached) and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to teachers working in public school.

We will admit up to 40 on-site attendees and 200 online attendees.

Certification

School attendance is certified by the IAC and NUCLIO, within the framework of the Galileo Teachers Training Programme (GTTP).

Program

You can find the detailed program here:

The program is subject to minor changes without previous notice.

Fees & Funding

The school is partially funded by the Communication and Outreach Unit of the IAC.

Participation in the course can be funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme.

Attendance to the school requires a registration fee for accepted face-to-face participants that covers:

  • Morning coffee during lecture days (July 22-26).
  • Lunch at the school venue (July 22-26).
  • Visit to the Teide Observatory (Tenerife) including transportation, guided visit, activities and dinner.
  • School materials.
  • Tuition fee for lectures, workshops and visits.

The registration fee is:

  • 100 € for on-site participants from Spain (fee partially funded by the IAC).
  • 400 € for on-site participants from outside Spain.
  • 10 € for online participants. This symbolic fee will go entirely to the NUCLIO Trust programme to help students from developing countries to pursue university studies.

Payment instructions will be sent to applicants once the registration form has been completed and their participation has been accepted.

A limited number of grants may be awarded by the IAC to cover part of the costs of participants who do not have sources of funding. Applicants who require grants may indicate this on the payment form, once they have registered. Participants who are awarded a grant will be informed by July 8.

The deadline for the payment is July 10.

We are also planning an optional visit to the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in the beautiful island of La Palma, on Saturday July 27, with an estimated additional cost of 100 € for Canarian residents and 200 € for non-residents. This trip will take place if it gathers the interest of a minimum number of people (15), a requirement that has been met in all previous editions of the school. The trip includes the return flight between Tenerife and La Palma, bus transfers in La Palma, lunch and a guided tour of the main telescopes. It is a full day trip and we do not expect to be back in Tenerife before approximately 20:30h.

Practical Information 

The school will be held in the “Sala Grande” of the IACTEC building, in San Cristóbal de La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain).

Contacts

Ana Costa – NUCLIO

AEACI 2023 - Group photo at Teide Observatory
AEACI2023 – Group photo at Teide Observatory. Credit: IAC.


Organizers

The school is organized by the IAC and NUCLIO (the coordinator of the Galileo Teacher Training Program), in the framework of the IAC PETeR project, and is carried out in collaboration with the Faulkes Telescope ProjectThe Schools’ Observatory, the CESAR educational initiative (ESA-INTA-ISDEFE), and in partnership with the European School Innovation Academy (ESIA).

Organizing Committee

  • Nayra Rodríguez Eugenio (Co-Director of the School, IAC)
  • Rosa Doran (Co-Director of the School, NUCLIO)
  • Alejandra Goded Merino (IAC)
  • Iván Jiménez Montalvo (IAC)
  • Gustavo Rojas (NUCLIO)
  • Teresa Direitinho (NUCLIO)
  • Beatriz González García (CESAR, ISDEFE)
  • Juan Ángel Vaquerizo (CESAR, ISDEFE)
  • Sandra Benítez Herrera (CESAR, ESAC)
  • Fraser Lewis (FTP, TSO)
  • Andrew Newsam  (TSO)
  • Emma Smith (TSO)
  • Stacey Habergham-Mawson (TSO)

Technical Secretariat

  • Ana Costa (NUCLIO)

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