August 13th & 16th 2024, IAU General Assembly, Cape Town
6 sessions : 10:30 – 12:00; 13:30 – 15:00; 15:30 – 17:00 (times for both days)
This Focus Meeting concentrates on the capacity and feasibility to build networks of remote/robotic telescopes for educational use at undergraduate and high school level (last years). Access to remote/robotic telescopes will contribute in building a critical mass of astronomers, but most importantly, it will contribute to STEM education.
The ultimate goal is to enhance the scientific capacity of Global South countries. Performing research-oriented, observation-based hands-on projects using remote/robotic telescopes allows young students to maintain and raise their interest in STEM-oriented disciplines. An inventory of the worldwide capacity of telescopes for such purpose, the content of the project and a thorough discussion of the opportunities in offering network facilities to universities in need, can mean an important step towards that higher mentioned goal.
Contact person: Michèle Gerbaldi email@example.com