The SPIRIT Telescope initiative: Engaging students in contemporary astronomy

Paul Luckas, Kirsten Gottschalk

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Abstract

Now in its seventh year, the SPIRIT initiative remains unique in Australia as a robust web-enabled robotic telescope program funded for education and research. With multiple modes of operation including real time control, SPIRIT provides free access to contemporary astronomical tools for students and educators in Western Australia and beyond. The internet enabled telescope solution itself has proven an excellent model for low cost robotic telescope deployments, and the supporting education program has evolved over time to include a broad range of student engagement activities as well as opportunities to undertake authentic science. This paper summarises the technical solution and education program, and also examines the results from a recent Girls in STEM program of activities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRobotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE) Proceedings
Place of PublicationCalifornia
Pages205-219
Volume1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018
EventRobotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education - San Diego, United States
Duration: 18 Jun 201721 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameRobotic Telescope, Student Research and Education Proceedings

Conference

ConferenceRobotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education
Abbreviated titleRTSRE
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period18/06/1721/06/17

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    Luckas, P., & Gottschalk, K. (2018). The SPIRIT Telescope initiative: Engaging students in contemporary astronomy. In Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE) Proceedings (Vol. 1, pp. 205-219). (Robotic Telescope, Student Research and Education Proceedings).. https://doi.org/10.32374/rtsre.2017.019