Since its creation in 2004, the National Schools’ Observatory has gained 4,000 registered teachers, their website attracts over 1 million hits per year and it has had around 90,000 telescope observations. They aim to use the universe to captivate enquiring minds of all ages and abilities – by providing free access to the world’s largest robotic telescope.
Student are able to control which direction the telescope is facing and can take pictures of their findings to enter into the monthly picture award.
Secondary schools in Denton and Reddish are eligible to access this incredible piece of technology – the National Schools’ Observatory aims to be actively involved with 2,000 secondary schools in the UK by 2019.
The ‘Liverpool Telescope’, owned by Liverpool John Moores University, now has 10% of its usage dedicated to Britain’s schools. The NSO plan is to ensure use of the telescope is always timely and relevant to the rest of the national curriculum.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“This is a great opportunity for schools to get involved with a cutting edge piece of technology to benefit students of all ages and abilities.
“I encourage all schools to get involved with this project to allow students to make the most of incredible advancements in science and technology, and to allow them to develop a new perspective.”
The National Schools’ Observatory has more information and activities on their website: http://www.schoolsobservatory.org.uk