La petite école de l’espace

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets, in collaboration with the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic and the Center for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec invites kids from 3 to 8 years old to “La petite école de l’espace” (in French).

During these online events, astrophysicists Frédérique Baron and Marie-Eve Naud tell space-themed stories and answer your youngsters’ questions about astronomy, the universe, galaxies, stars, planets, extraterrestrials, and everything else!

Past editions remain online on our Youtube channel: youtube.com/exoplanetes and can be listened to at any time. Short videos are also available on the channel.

Before the event, children are invited to send us their questions, in writing or in short videos (10 to 30 seconds), via an online form.

After the event, they are invited to send us a drawing or a work of their choice that shows us what they have learned, via another online form. They can then win a prize, which is drawn at random among the participating children.

To come

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Past editions

Petite école de l’espace # 5 – Saturday, May 22nd, 2021, 10:00 to 10:30 am

See this show on our Youtube page if you missed it!

The draw will take place on July 6th, 2021. Send us your drawing at bit.ly/petite_ecole_5_dessins!

Petite école de l’espace # 4 – Saturday, March 20th, 2021, 10:00 to 10:30 am

See this show on our Youtube page if you missed it!

The draw took place on April 26th, 2021. You can still send us your drawing (bit.ly/petite_ecole_4_dessins). We like to see what you have learned!

Petite école de l’espace # 3 – Saturday, December 12th, 2020, 10:00 to 10:30 am

See this show on our Youtube page if you missed it!

The draw took place on January 25th, 2021. You can still send us your drawing (bit.ly/petite_ecole_3_dessins). We like to see what you have learned!

Petite école de l’espace # 2- Saturday, September 26, 2020, 10:00 to 10:30 am

As part of Science Literacy Week, Marie-Eve and Frédérique talked about astronomy and alien life!

See this show on our Youtube page if you missed it!

The draw took place on October 16th, 2020. You can still send us your drawing (bit.ly/petite_ecole_2_formulaire). We like to see what you have learned!

Petite école de l’espace # 1 – Saturday July 11th, 2020,  from 10:00 to 10:30 am

See this show on our Youtube page if you missed it!

The draw took place on July 31st, 2020. You can still send us your drawing (bit.ly/petite_ecole_formulaire). We like to see what you have learned!

Pictures from the past editions

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Who are Marie-Eve and Frédérique?

Marie-Eve is an astronomer🔭. We also say astrophysicist. Her specialty is exoplanets🌏, planets that are found around stars other than the Sun.

She works for the Institute for Research on Exoplanets at the University of Montreal. She is also very interested in the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe 👽🦠. She has two little boys who ask many (many!) questionsand loves meditation🧘‍♀️ (when she has time to do so!).

Frédérique too is also an astronomer/astrophysicist🌠🌃. She knows a lot about exoplanets, and also about brown dwarfs🔴, slightly more massive objects that form like stars.

She works for the Institute for Research on Exoplanets, and also for the Mont-Mégantic Observatory, a great astronomical observatory that you can go see up close with your family. She has two birds🐦🐦and loves knitting 🧶🧣.