As part of the 24 Hours of Science, iREx proposed two activities for children and their educators.
« Une astronome dans votre classe »
On May 14 and 15 2018, Marie-Eve Naud, the iREx Scientific and EPO coordinator and a specialist in exoplanets and the search for life in the Universe, visited four elementary schools in Montreal. After discussing the basics of astronomy and life as an astronomer, she answered their questions about the Universe, galaxies, stars, planets, moons, and life. To finish, she presented key results of the past 25 years in exoplanet science, and how astronomers hope to find life elsewhere. The students drew their very own exoplanets, and had a chance to participate in a fun “Solar System in your pocket” exercise. This activity was presented in collaboration with the Center for research in astrophysics of Quebec.
Activity for students : Dessine ou décris ta planète! (in French, in PDF format, to print)
Webinar : “Looking for Other Worlds”
On 17 May 2018, in collaboration with Discover the Universe, professor Jason Rowe presented a virtual conference entitled “Looking for Other Worlds,” to children and their teachers. You can listen to the complete thrilling conference on the Discover the Universe website.
More information here.