Astrophysics datamining in the classroom: Exploring real data with new software tools and robotic telescopes
Within the efforts to bring frontline interactive astrophysics and astronomy to the classroom, the Hands on Universe (HOU) developed a set of exercises and platform using real data obtained by some of the most advanced ground and space observatories. The backbone of this endeavour is a new free software Web tool - Such a Lovely Software for Astronomy based on ImageJ (SalsaJ). It is student-friendly and developed specifically for the HOU project and targets middle and high schools. It allows students to display, analyze, and explore professionally obtained astronomical images, while learning concepts on gravitational dynamics, kinematics, nuclear fusion, electromagnetism. The continuous evolving set of exercises and tutorials is being completed with real (professionally
obtained) data to download and detailed tutorials. The
exibility of the SalsaJ platform tool enables students and teachers to extend the exercises with their own observations through the use of robotic telescopes. The software developed for the HOU program has been designed to be a multi- platform, multi-lingual experience for image manipulation and analysis in the classroom. Its design
enables easy implementation of new facilities (extensions and plugins), minimal in-situ maintenance and
exibility for exercise plugin. Here, we describe some of the most advanced exercises about astrophysics in the classroom, addressing particular examples on gravitational dynamics, concepts currently introduced in most sciences curricula in middle and high schools.
Doran, Rosa | Melchior, Anne-Laure | Boudier, Thomas | Delva, Pacome | Ferlet, Roger | de Almeida, Maria L. T. | Barbosa, Domingos | Gomez, Edward L. | Pennypacker, Carlton R. | Roche, Paul | Roberts, Sarah E.
NUCLIO | Universite de Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie | Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris | Instituto de Telecomunicacoes | Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network | Lawrence Berkeley National Lab | University of Glamorgan