The SPIRIT Telescope Initiative: six years on

Luckas, Paul (2017) The SPIRIT Telescope Initiative: six years on. In: Proceedings for the 36th Annual Conference of the Society for Astronomical Sciences. Society for the Astronomical Sciences, pp. 151-166.

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Abstract

Now in its sixth year of operation, the SPIRIT initiative remains unique in Australia, as a robust web-enabled robotic telescope initiative funded for education and outreach. With multiple modes of operation catering for a variety of usage scenarios and a fully supported education program, SPIRIT provides free access to contemporary astronomical tools for students and educators in Western Australia and beyond. The technical solution itself provides an excellent model for low cost robotic telescope installations, and the education program has evolved over time to include a broad range of student experiences—from engagement activities to authentic science. This paper details the robotic telescope solution, student interface and educational philosophy, summarises achievements and lessons learned and examines the possibilities for future enhancement including spectroscopy.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: RTSRE Related Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2017 03:25
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2017 03:25
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1307

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