The group "Catch the Stars in the Net!" has been involved since 1997 in education and e-Learning activities, addressed to young people and schools.
Our experience in education has steadily grown thanks to the collaboration with teachers and learning experts, such as the staff of Planetarium of Bologna Municipality.
Some dissertation thesis about education and e-Learning have been carried out in the past years, in collaboration with schools and teachers.
All these activities led some years ago to the realisation of a Web site entirely dedicated to learning, www.polare.it.
In this site are presented all our experiences
in the field; it provides teachers with materials, suggestions,
Astronomy courses and documents. Some of these materials are
available also in English:
The Virtual Planetarium|
Interactive online Astronomy course
Planetarium was designed to provide children with a new tool for
learning the basics of Astronomy. The course is amusing but rigorous
at the same time: it provides teachers with several images,
animations and examples, in order to reinforce children's knowledge.
A K-8 Astronomy and
Heavens above! is made up of seven modules,
designed for children of age 6-13. Each module is addressed to
children of a given school year. The modules include teaching
materials (sample cards for carrying out hands-on activities,
samples of discussions, other sample sheets, etc.) and materials for
students (evaluation cards, cards for instrument construction,
etc.). All the files are in the PDF (Acrobat Reader) format.