2021 Astronomer in Your Classroom – 24h of Science

Drawings from an earlier edition of the "Astronomer in your Classroom" activity. (Credit: N. Ouellette)
Drawings from an earlier edition of the "Astronomer in your Classroom" activity. (Credit: N. Ouellette)

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets, in collaboration with the Centre de recherche en astrophysique du Québec (CRAQ) and the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic, is organizing the “Astronomer in Your Virtual Classroom” activity within the framework of 24h of Science.

This year, the theme for the 24h of Science is ‘Unusual Science‘.

There are some very strange things in our Universe! For example, Mars is the only planet in our solar system inhabited only by robots and Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system, even though it is not the closest planet to the Sun.

Take advantage of the “Astronomer in Your Virtual Classroom” activity to put your students in touch with an astronomer who is passionate about astronomy. They will be able to meet an astronomer who is interested in a variety of subjects such as exoplanets, black holes, galaxies and stars. The astronomer who will virtually visit your class will lead a discussion with your students to find answers to their most pressing questions about the universe, galaxies, stars, planets, moons and life in the universe. They will also talk about what astronomy is, the profession of astronomer and the research that is done in Quebec. Together, the astronomer and the students will discover that our Universe can be quite strange!

Please note that this virtual activity, which lasts approximately 60 minutes, will happen either in the morning or afternoon during the week of May 3rd 2021 or on May 10 or 11. The activity is aimed at all primary classes in the province of Québec


How to apply

Register here by April 18th 2021 to win a chance to be amongst the 30 classrooms selected for this contest. The 30 winners (selected randomly) will be contacted during the week of April 29th.