Inspiring Science Education Hangouts

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In this online training series, we will cover topics that range from the Big Bang to looking for life on other worlds, as we address topics across all of astronomy and the needed physics topics. This series is designed to tell a cohesive story about how the universe formed, what matter is made of, the basic physics that has controlled how the universe has evolved. Each episode is accompanied by an online educational scenario hosted in the Inspiring Science Education Discover the COSMOS community.

The content on this channel is supported by Ellinogermaniki Agogi and NUCLIO in the framework of the European Science Education Academy and the Galileo Teacher Training Programme. Hangouts are hosted by Dr Pamela L. Gay.

  • What is Citizen Science – a reading intensive lesson

    What does it mean when you put these two words together: ‘citizen’ and ‘scientist’? What does the term ‘citizen science’ mean? Take your students on a reading journey through the history of citizen science and explore how everyday people make great discoveries. Learn about the earliest citizen scientists- who they were, what they did, find […]

  • Cratered Worlds

    How have asteroids and comets led to the Moon and other rocky inner planets looking so different than the Earth? How do we know about these differences and what do they tell us? The Cratered World lesson takes students on a journey through the solar system, with a specific focus on craters and what we can […]

  • Electromagnetic Spectrum Poster

    A simple poster to be used in teaching the electromagnetic spectrum. Highlights include: multi-wavelength images of Andromeda (M31), the solar spectrum, and a zoom-in on the visible spectrum that includes key spectral lines used in stellar classifications.

  • Digging into Comets

    The solar system is littered with Ice. The bulk of this material orbits quietly in the outer Solar System, but sometimes something disturbs the ice and it comes plunging in toward the Sun. In this lesson, we will discuss comets, how we explore them, and how they brought water to worlds like Earth. ages 12+

  • Astronomy v Astrology

    This activity overviews the differences between how Observational Astronomy and Astrology portray the constellations of the Zodiac, timing of the Sun entering and leaving each zodiacal constellation, and more. ages 12+ & public audiences

Real-World Events

  • Summer School, 12-17 July 2015 in Attica, Greece [programme coming]


In this series of live events and training videos, we will be presenting  timeless astronomy education materials designed to help students learn science through inquiry. Our general plan for these hangouts is to bring in scientists working actively to advance our understanding of each of the topics we discuss, talk to them for about 20 minutes, and then show you classroom demonstrations and experiments that you can do to help your kids understand the science that we know, so they can better understand what it is we’re trying to learn with spacecraft, massive telescopes, and other modern science laboratories.

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  1. Chasing Comets
    Hangout (part 2) 28 February at  6PM GMT
    ISE Community *, Activity (coming soon)
  2. The Four Forces & the Standard Model of Particles
    Hangout 11 Feb at 5pm GMT
  3. Star (and planet) Formation
    Hangout 11 March at 5pm GMT
  4. Stars and Energy Transport
    Hangout 25 March at 5pm GMT
  5. Gas Laws with Stars and Nebulae
    Hangout 8 April at 5pm GMT
  6. Electromagnetic Spectrum
    Hangout 22 April at 5pm GMT
  7. Black Body Radiation
    Hangout 13 May at 5pm GMT
  8. The Big Bang
    Hangout 27 May at 5pm GMT

Past Events

  1. Chasing Comets
    YouTube (part 1),  ISE Community *, Activity (coming soon)