**Due to COVID-19, Astronomer in Your Classrom has been cancelled. **
The Institute for Research on Exoplanets, in collaboration with the Centre de recherche en astrophysique du Québec (CRAQ), is organizing the “Astronomer in Your Classroom” activity within the framework of 24h of Science.
This year, the theme for the 24h of Science is ‘Everything transforms‘. Did you know that even the stars transform over their lifetime? Take advantage of the “Astronomer in Your Classroom” activity to put your students in contact with an astronomer who is passionate about astronomy. These astronomers are interested in a variety of subjects such as exoplanets, black holes, galaxies and the evolution of stars. The astronomer who will be visiting your classroom will lead a discussion with your students so that they may find answers to their most pressing questions about the Universe, galaxies, stars, planets, moons and life in the Universe. He or she will talk about what astronomy is, being an astronomer and the research being done here in Quebec. He or she will also discuss the life of stars, from their birth to their death, and the creation of the planets that orbit them. The astronomer will also be able to discuss the search for signs of life on these planets orbiting stars other than our own.
Please note that the activity, which lasts approximately 60 minutes, will happen either in the morning or afternoon during the week of May 11th 2020. The activity is aimed at grade 4, 5 or 6 students on the island of Montréal and in Québec City.
Register here by April 24th 2020 to win a chance to be amongst the 20 classrooms selected for this contest. The 20 winners (selected randomly) will be contacted during the week of April 27th.
Activity for budding astronomers: Draw or describe your planet! (PDF format, to print).