24h of science : Astronomers visit elementary schools

As part of the 24h de sciences, the Institute for Research on Exoplanets, in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ), proposed the activity “An Astronomer in your Classroom”.

During the week of May 13, 2019, nine astronomers visited students across eighteen primary school classes in Montreal. Astronomers spoke with students to answer all their questions about the Universe, galaxies, stars, planets and their moons and life in the Universe. They also talked about astronomy, being an astronomer and the research being done in Quebec. They also discussed exoplanets and black holes: especially fascinating subjects for young students.

Also in the context of the 24h of science, the iREx proposed a webinar for both students and teachers, in collaboration with Discover the Universe. Frédérique Baron, iREx’s Scientific and EPO Coordinator, gave a virtual presentation entitled “Are We Alone in the Universe?” on May 15th. Although the original date of the webinar has passed, it will soon be available in its entirety on the Discover the Universe website. For more information on this webinar, click here.