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Telescopes, the Moon and Science Week

27 Mar 2013, 10:00 UTC
Telescopes, the Moon and Science Week
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Last week (15 -24 march) was National Science and Engineering Week in UK, and as a break in between writing computer code and telescope scheduling, I took the opportunity to do some public engagement.For many years St David's 6th form college has been involved in observing asteroids using our 2-meter telescopes (through our education partner, Faulkes Telescope Project). This was the first school I visited, giving a talk mostly about astronomy but also a very brief introduction to LCOGT and some of our programmes, particularly Agent Exoplanet. I was talking to the 'honours' group who are students who elect to take extra lessons which broaden their academic knowledge into areas they are not studying for A-level, like astronomy. These extra lessons are to prepare the students for the ordeals ahead of them when they apply into Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group universities.I gave them an hour long talk, which they then asked 20 minutes of questions afterwards, which hopefully is a measure of how interested they were. I very much hope this will inspire them to be more involved in using our telescopes in the future.That evening Haley Gomez, Hugh Lang and I hosted tours of the Cardiff University observatory ...

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