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Global Hands-On Universe Conference 2016

Monday, 22 August, 2016 to Saturday, 27 August, 2016
Stord/Haugesund University College

The Global Hands-On Universe Conference 2016 will take place in Stord, Norway from 22 to 27 August 2016, along with the annual Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP) international workshop for teachers and educators.

The conference will be focused on improving and propagating Galileo Teacher Training and Global Hands-On Universe throughout the world. Very significant efforts are underway in many nations, and experience has proven that by working together, we all benefit!  Significant advances in asteroid discoveries, activities, outcomes, assessments, workshops, and global impact and sustainability all have been realised since our last meeting.

Main Scientific Topics

GHOU conference will create a platform for professional astronomers and educators to meet and share hands-on minds-on learning in the framework of Global Hands-on Universe network, bridging the cultural and political divides. Sessions will cover;

  • Robotic and remote telescopes for education.
  • Challenges of astronomy education in developing countries.
  • Social media for science education.
  • Science and art collaborations for education.
  • Science with ICT learning in the classroom.
  • Assessment and evaluation of teaching and learning outcome.
  • GHOU best practices and reports on astronomy for development.
  • Impact of learning games in STEM education.

Keynote Speakers

  • “Exploring the Universe with Mitaka software” by Hidehiko Agata, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Japan.
  • “Steady Growth for Global HOU: Opportunities and Challenges” by Carl Pennypacker, Global Hands-On Universe (GHOU), USA.
  • “STEM Education using Robotic Telescopes” by Fraser Lewis, Faulkes Telescope Project and the National Schools’ Observatory, UK.
  • “The Global Science Opera” by Oded Ben-Horin, Stord Haugesund University College, Norway.
  • “Teaching or formatting?” by Rosa Doran, Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia (NUCLIO), Portugal.

Find out more here.