Initiative title in the national language: Escola Secundária de Loulé com o Faulkes Telescope
Initiative title in English: Loulé’s Secondary School using the Faulkes Telescope
Acronym: ESLFT
Country: Portugal

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Beneficiaries of the initiative:
Pupils and school levels involved:
  • General secondary education (11/12 to end of compulsory education or even beyond)

Educational personnel:
  • Teachers

Where is it implemented? Please indicate the country/ies
Portugal

In which context is it implemented? (school laboratory, classroom, school, school district, University laboratory, etc.)
Grupo de alunos da escola

Frequency of the initiative: Evento que se repete mensalmente

Number of people directly concerned by the initiative: Between 20 and 100 people

Summary in the national language:
Somos um grupo de alunos e um professor, da Escola Secundária de Loulé, que têm a sorte de ter acesso a um projeto que pretende divulgar a astronomia: Faulkes Telescope Project (FT).
A partir da nossa escola realizamos sessões de observação astronómicas remotas usando o FT, promovendo a astronomia e incentivando os alunos para a ciência.
As sessões para obtenção de imagens são realizadas mensalmente estando a marcação das sessões dependente da disponibilidade do próprio projeto e a realização das mesmas em função das condições meteorológicas no local do telescópio escolhido.
Antes de cada sessão são escolhidos objetos a observar, usando planetários virtuais, de modo a rentabilizar o tempo disponível para a observação.
A obtenção das imagens é bastante fácil de realizar mesmo para alunos principiantes, e os alunos que mais vezes participam neste projeto vão aumentando a sua interação, passando a preparar as sessões (escolha de objetos e previsão do modo de obtenção das imagens) e realizando também a formação de novos intervenientes.
Os resultados já obtidos neste projeto podem ser visualizados em http://eslft.wordpress.com

Summary in English:
We are a group of students and a teacher, form the Loulé’s Secondary School, who are lucky to have access to a project that aims to publicize astronomy: the Faulkes Telescope Project (FT).
From our school we perform remote astronomical observation using the FT, promoting astronomy and encouraging students to science.
Sessions for imaging are being held monthly depending on the availability of the project itself, and on the weather conditions at the chosen telescope site.
Before each session we chose some objects to observe, using planetary virtual, in order to capitalize the time available for observation.
Obtaining the images is quite easy to accomplish even for beginning students, and students who participate more often in this project will increase their interaction, preparing the sessions (choice of objects and prediction the mode of obtaining images) and also performing the training of new students.
The results obtained in this project can be seen in http://eslft.wordpress.com

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