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Space to Grow:  The Faulkes Telescopes and improving science engagement in schools

Launched in 2009 (International Year of Astronomy) this exciting, major $2.4M science education project follows the DEST ASISTM pilot's success to help address the serious problem of poor student engagement and retention in science.  The project innovatively combines rural and city schools, astronomers and technology-focussed educational researchers in a novel learning and teaching program. Year 9/10-12 students have the opportunity to control powerful $30M research-grade, robotically operated telescopes via the internet while directing educational research to an area of natural interest and engagement to students - astronomy.

Faulkes Telescopes

Project Team

Project Partners

Curriculum Map

Research Methodology

Student and Teacher Questionnaires

View_of_space Astronomy Projects





MQAAAstro Open Night  from 6.30-10.00pm Saturday 5 April 2014, pre booking recommended

Teacher Workshop 'Astronomy from the Ground Up', 2-4 May 2014 Parkes Observatory

AstroEDU A peer-reviewed, open-access platform of astronomy education activities

Project Newsletter May 2013 Please Sir Edition 15  

Prof. Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate and project patron shares a science message

Have your say on Ross Cutts' SpaceToGrow site  

Publications  Space to Grow: and Improving science engagement in schools Education Research paper

RR Lyrae Stars in the Globular Cluster NGC 6101 Student-researched paper

Space and Science  Sydney Powerhouse Museum Space exhibition

The Science Experience Years 9,10 Hands-on science


Congratulations to Sandra Woodward, NSW's representative in 2012 AITSL Secondary Teachers Awards

View Lauren Inwood's Open Star Clusters Highly Commended Eureka 'Sleek Geeks' 2012 video entry

Vimeo training See our training page