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Poster presented at GIFT-EGU2016 Conference.
Mission to Stars: An Inquiry Project-Based Learning on Universe and astronomic research. Geophysical Research Abstracts, vol 18, EGU-2016. Domènech-Casal, J., Ruiz, N.
This didactic activity proposes students to design a Spatial Research Mission. As a part of their Mission, they choose the research goals, design experiments, select targets (different kinds of celestial bodies) and calculate astronomic distances. For their mission, students construct a 3D model of an Orbital Telescope, selecting the necessary detectors, programming by Scratch its informatic routines and calculating the budget. The activity aims to develop scientific skills and attitudes, make students understand how astronomic research is developed, and to know the main elements (Exoplanets, Galaxies, Supernovas...), and the basic geography of the known Universe beyond the Kuipper Belt.