Serol in your Classroom

We have developed many activities and other resources, which you can use to run a Serol themed workshop in your classroom. Below we've put these together into 1 and 2 hour workshop suggestions.

Workshop Plan (1-hour)

Length: 1- hour

Age: 8-12

Venue: Classroom

Materials:

  • Computer (with internet connection) and projector
  • SEROL presentation
  • LCO account details (contact your education partner)
  • Serol's Adventures in Space: The Hunt for Dark Skies (video on YouTube or download)
  • Globe or Earth ball
  • Stickers (plain or colored, it doesn't matter)

Running order

Activity Description Outcome Activity Guide
The Search for Dark Skies

(15 mins)

Locate the observatories on a globe and discuss what makes an ideal observing location. Learn the factors that influence observing conditions. Activity PDF
Why do telescopes come in different sizes?

(15 mins)

Brainstorm reasons for having different telescope classes. Demonstrate various fields of view with "Find and Asteroid". Learn how reflector telescopes work and how telescope aperture affects observations. Activity PDF
What is a robotic telescope? (15 mins) Introduce the scheduling system using the first episode of the "SEROL's Cosmic Adventures" series. Demonstrate its multitasking abilities in a quick game of "SEROL says'. Learn how an observation scheduling system works to optimise the observing time of a telescope network. Activity PDF
Observing with robotic telescopes (15 mins) Introduce a variety of cosmic objects, including: nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. Play a game of Messier Bingo and invite the winners to observe with the LCO telescopes. Learn about a variety of deep-sky objects and how to observe with the LCO robotic telescopes. Activity PDF

Workshop Plan (2-hour)

Length: 2- hour

Age: 8-12 years

Venue: Classroom

Materials

  • Computer (with internet) and projector
  • SEROL presentation
  • Serol's Adventures in Space: The Hunt for Dark Skies (video on YouTube or download)
  • LCO login details
  • Globe or Earth ball
  • Ping pong ball or similar
  • Stickers (plain or colored, it doesn't matter)

Running order

Activity Description Outcome Activity Guide
Why do we need telescopes? (45 mins) Create a model of the Solar System and discuss the time it would take to travel through the solar system and to the stars beyond. Learn why telescopes are an essential scientific tool for exploring the Universe. Activity PDF
The Search for Dark Skies

(15 mins)

Locate the observatories on a globe and discuss what makes an ideal observing location. Learn the factors that influence observing conditions. Activity PDF
Why do telescopes come in different sizes?

(15 mins)

Brainstorm reasons for having different telescope classes. Demonstrate various fields of view with "Find and Asteroid". Learn how reflector telescopes work and how telescope aperture affects observations. Activity PDF
What is a robotic telescope? (15 mins) Introduce the scheduling system using the first episode of the "SEROL's Cosmic Adventures" series. Demonstrate its multitasking abilities in a quick game of "SEROL says'. Learn how an observation scheduling system works to optimise the observing time of a telescope network. Activity PDF
Observing with robotic telescopes (15 mins) Introduce a variety of cosmic objects, including: nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. Play a game of Messier Bingo and invite the winners to observe with the LCO telescopes. Learn about a variety of deep-sky objects and how to observe with the LCO robotic telescopes. Activity PDF