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Postgraduate student is a Science Showoff

Posted on 22 September 2014 by Haley Gomez

Postgraduate student Matt Allen, participated in the somewhat terrifying Science Showoff competition earlier this week.  Science Showoff is an open-mic night for scientists to flex their funny bones and, well, pretty much show off. Matt talked about a hypothetical manned NASA mission in 2057 to the centre of a black hole. Going through the gory
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Universe in the Classroom: Impact Figures

Posted on 10 July 2014 by Sarah Roberts

The last Universe in the Classroom workshop for this academic year wrapped up last week in Cardiff. We’re well on target to reaching our goal to hand out 100 Universe-in-a-Box toolkits to 100 welsh primary schools by March 2015! Between January and July 2014, Universe in the Classroom hosted seven full-day teacher training sessions, reaching 73
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LittleBits and the Great Exoplanet Hack

Posted on 27 June 2014 by Edward Gomez

This blog is a cross posting from Dark Matter Sheep blog by Edward Gomez. This week I have been at the National Astronomy Meeting in Portsmouth. There have been many great talks and I particularly enjoyed organising the “Engaging the public and schools with astronomy” session with the famous Jen Gupta. Wednesday was Hack Day
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How to teach an entire school in one day

Posted on 18 June 2014 by Sarah Roberts

A STARS workshop yesterday managed to reach an entire primary school in Newport — in just one day! Two of our Physics undergraduates spent the day at Monnow School getting kids excited about science, and also training year 5 pupils to use Universe-in-a-Box to teach astronomy to the rest of the school! The teachers of
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Students Learn the Secrets of the Sun

Posted on 11 June 2014 by Sarah Roberts

With the sunshine making a rare and glorious appearance across Wales, it’s been a perfect day to teach children about our Sun — and that’s just what we’ve been doing! Physics PhD and Stellar Role Model, Peri Jones, joined me at Murch Junior School today where we entertained year 6 students with facts, demos and observations
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Kickstart the Universe: crowdfunding campaign aims to send astronomy educational resources around the globe

Posted on 28 May 2014 by Sarah Roberts

In January 2014, the Cardiff University’s Universe in the Classroom project began providing welsh primary schools with new and innovative tools to teach improve the teaching of science across the country. One of these resources was the Universe-in-a-Box educational toolkit Universe-in-a-Box is a selection of hands-on astronomy materials — including a scale model of the
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Pythagorean Astronomy: Happy Birthday Herschel!

Posted on 27 May 2014 by Chris North

May 2014 marked the 5th anniversary of the launch of the Herschel Space Observatory. To mark the occasion, for this month’s astronomy instalment of Pythagoras’ Trousers I decided to interview a few people about their experience of Herschel. The interviews all took place in Paris, where many members of the mission and instrument teams were
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