Space to Grow: LCOGT.net and Improving Science Engagement in Schools
Space to Grow is an Australian Research Council Grant that engages high school students in real science and supports their teachers in implementing inquiry-based approaches using astronomy as the focus. Currently, Grade 9–12 students and their science teachers from three educational jurisdictions in one Australian state are acquiring, and making scientific use of, observational data from the 2-m Faulkes Telescopes owned by Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. Data are being collected to investigate the impact of the project on students and teachers. Some investigations have led students to work with astronomers to publish their results in the astronomical literature.
Danaia, L., McKinnon, D., Parker, Q., Fitzgerald, M., & Stenning, P. (2012). Space to grow: LCOGT. net and improving science engagement in schools. Astronomy Education Review, 11(1), 010106.