Astronomy is the study of celestial objects including stars, planets, comets, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies, and phenomena that originate outside the atmosphere of Earth. It is a discipline steeped in history and connected to ancient mythologies, demonstrating that the human race has long been concerned with observing the night sky.
The study of astronomy links in with mathematics and physics, and has long been taught as a part of the physics curriculum. More and more schools are now offering students the chance to take an Astronomy GCSE. This allows students to explore the subject in greater detail. This qualification can be an excellent way for students to further any interest they may have in space and astronomy.
The National Space Academy has worked with schools to offer a masterclass to complement studies in astronomy, using the expertise of project scientists and the National Space Centre itself to bring the curriculum to life.
The GCSE Astronomy masterclass utilises the in depth subject knowledge of our staff and unique learning environments, along with a range of interesting hands on activities to bring a day of intensive curriculum based learning for your GCSE Astronomy students.
From focused questioning using the unique exhibits in the galleries, to fast-paced intensive classroom sessions, the day can be tailored to any topic, age group and ability range.
For a more detailed outline of masterclasses offered at the National Space Centre or in your own school, please contact us.