LCOGT – Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope
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More “BIG” Examples… Mt. Palomar, California Telescope: 1.5m MONET: 2 telescopes McDonald Observatory, Texas and SAAO South Africa Telescopes: 1.2m.
LESSON: AN OBSERVATORY AS A MULTI PURPOSE LABORATORY Geology Nuclear and (planets) particle Aerospace physics Biology (life on other planets) Electronic ASTRONOMY and optics Chemistry (interstellar matter) Mechanics Informatics, databases, numerics
IAU – strategy for developingcountries: get researchers into classrooms Еncourage developed astronomy 1. institutes to provide long-term guidance and advice to university departments in developing countries interested in building up an astronomy research capability. Include aspects of astronomy as 2. aids to the primary and secondary education of as many children as possible.
Why (keep on) building observatories?“Astronomy serves the Nation”
MONET 1.2m TELESCOPE: A CHANCE FOR HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENT EDUCATION
THIS FALL: A GROUP OF STUDENTS FROM SERBIA, CROATIA AND GREECE WILL JOINTLY WORK ON SCIENCE!
Astronomical Observatory, Belgrade The only professional astronomy institute in former Yugoslavia Staff: around 30 full-time researchers, 7 new grad students this year Downside: built in 1930s in Belgrade, now pop. 2.5 millionThe “Big Refractor” Observations ceased to a halt in the 90s65cm, 10 meters focal length
Observational Astronomy in Serbia: “Our potentials, potentially ours”Astrophysics degree offered at twoUniversities in Serbia (Belgrade and NoviSad), 4-10 graduates per yearAstrophysics students from Belgrademoved to the West: Cornell, Caltech,UMass, Penn State, Toronto, Leiden,Max-Planck... 2010 Project “Belissima” :Post-docs: Hubble fellow, Einstein European Comission FP7fellow... program to revive the Observatory, build new facilities and return experienced researchers
A change in values… should/can we do something about it?
Education in the era of Web 2.0 and Facebook/TwitterIf it’s in a book its already old”to make lectures about science relevanhe world of the kids of today?
The facts !? “Our children are living in the most intensely stimulating period in the history of the Earth” Saturation with instantaneous stimuli – 160/140 characters? Kids are online all the time, and are used to “superficial multitasking” Focusing on details is considered a waste of time Virtual reality is not so virtual anymore Kids are “faster” than you… and we actually DO NOT KNOW which world they will be living in!
A suggestion for a solution “Feed” the children information in a modern tempo Involve them, or they will involve themselves elsewhere