The project Exoplanets in schools (“Des exoplanètes à l’école”) is now well underway! This project, which aims to create educational resources on exoplanets and the search for life for elementary and secondary school staff in Quebec, is led by the Institute for Research on Exoplanets at the Université de Montréal, and funded by the NovaScience program of the ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation.
This Fall, we are creating more complete versions of the proposed activities and materials, thanks to the excellent suggestions of the teachers we have consulted.
By the end of November, several activities, in a preliminary form, will be available to be tested by teachers enthused by this project. If you are interested, don’t hesitate to register (see below)!
Activities that will soon be ready for testing include, for elementary school students, a night sky observing challenge, the creation of a scale model of our Solar System and other planetary systems, and an activity to invent a planetary system, and for high school students, a guided discussion on types of exoplanets, and an activity on the possibility of extraterrestrial civilisations. All the information and materials will be provided, and teachers will be invited to send us their comments and suggestions through a web form, after they have delivered the activity in their classroom.
If you are a school staff member and would like to get involved in the project, we need you!
There are many ways to get involved, such as testing an activity in your classroom, joining our community on Facebook to participate in discussions, or simply talking about our project with your colleagues.
Fill out the form at https://forms.gle/AZK8CdGnenzWK8sA6 to express your interest. If you already filled out the form last winter, there is no need to contact us again, we will contact you soon!
The ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation‘s NovaScience program aims to promote a greater understanding of science and technology among youth and the general public, as well as the training of a new generation of scientists.