Applied Science: Spotlight on Astronomy - BTEC Workshop

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This workshop will support you to connect astronomy and space with units in the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science.

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This workshop is split into 2 sessions, taking place on Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 15th February. Both sessions run from 16:00 - 17:30 UTC.

Want some real-world applications from a professional astrophysics setting? What about using a professional telescope? This workshop will support you to connect BTEC units to the resources available through the National Schools’ Observatory.  Specifically looking at waves and the electromagnetic spectrum, the use of materials in telescope design and manufacturing, how to use the NSO for investigative projects, and the support available for Unit 16: Astronomy and Space Science.

The workshop is aimed at educators teaching BTEC Level 3 (National Diploma) in Applied Science. Other educators are welcome, especially if you are interested in practical astronomy and space science.

Topics Covered:

  • Overview of the National Schools’ Observatory
  • How the Liverpool Telescope works and its connection to Earth-based telescope design
  • The New Robotic Telescope as an example of materials in industrial applications
  • Using the NSO for Investigative Projects
  • Using the NSO to support the teaching of Astronomy and Space Science

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Use real telescopes to introduce industrial materials
  • Use the Liverpool Telescope to help teach Earth-based telescope design
  • Register with the NSO, create and manage student accounts, and input observations to a professional telescope
  • Analyse data from the telescope using a bespoke software package
  • Know where to access resources for teaching Astronomy and Space Science, including practical lessons


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With the National Schools' Observatory, you can explore the Universe from your classroom with the world's largest robotic telescope.

We are part of Liverpool John Moores Univerisity's Astrophysics Research Institute. We use the wonders of space to inspire the next generation of scientists, programmers and engineers. That’s why we give free use of the world’s largest robotic telescope, the Liverpool Telescope (LT), to schools around the world.

We run regular free CPD sessions for teachers. Our quality programmes are designed to have a positive impact on teaching and learning in schools.

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