Armagh Observatory and Planetarium launches ‘Cosmic Classroom’ online sessions

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium is excited to bring the wonders of the solar system direct to schools with their brand-new online offering of ‘Cosmic Classroom’.

Students will learn how to navigate the night sky and travel to their favourite planets all from the comfort of the classroom. They will also visit constellations and journey to the moon during the immersive virtual class.

Suitable for KS1 and KS2 classes, pupils can test their knowledge with a quick-thinking quiz and get the chance to ask experts from Armagh Observatory and Planetarium questions about space which have always intrigued them.

To help consolidate what the pupils learned in the session and to encourage future learning, there are also accompanying downloadable resources.

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium Senior Education Officer, Helen McLoughlin, said: “We are very excited to have the facilities and the opportunity to bring this truly spectacular educational online offering to primary school pupils and space enthusiasts across Northern Ireland. 

“We really think it is a fun yet very informative way of introducing pupils to science and to the workings of space. What can be a science-heavy subject is delivered in accessible and easy-to-understand ways which really reveal the magic of space to these young people.

“Cosmic Classroom has proved popular with a number of schools already but we really want to reach out to more primary schools across Northern Ireland and let them know this fantastic resource is available.

“We’re looking forward to the time when we can welcome the public back to the Planetarium but with schools preparing to re-open we felt it was an ideal opportunity to package our Cosmic Classroom in such a way that the session can be delivered in a virtual manner.”

At an introductory price of £80 per one-hour session for one class, all you need if access to Zoom. Preferably access to a laptop or computer with a microphone

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