Exploring the Cosmos: Enriching Astronomy Education Beyond the Classroom

Special topic: Astronomy Education Beyond the Classroom
5th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Nov. 29, 2023
UTC: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
, UTC: 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
, UTC: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
, UTC: 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
, Thursday Nov. 30, 2023
UTC: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
, UTC: 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
, UTC: 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
, UTC: 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
, Friday Dec. 1, 2023
UTC: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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This study explores creative astronomy education methods, such as virtual observatories, citizen science initiatives, mobile planetariums, and interactive internet platforms, to enhance learning experiences outside traditional classroom settings. The research examines the impact of these techniques on students' conceptual knowledge, excitement for astronomy, and scientific inquiry abilities. The study also examines obstacles and advantages, such as accessibility, teacher training, and assessment. Adopting these techniques can foster a deeper appreciation for the universe, critical thinking abilities, and a lifetime enthusiasm for science.


Abhi Raj, a Delhi University undergraduate, has a strong interest in physics, particularly relativity, cosmology, and astrophysics. He attended the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences in Nainital, Uttarakhand, where he worked on astrophysics, relativity, and cosmology. His dissertation focused on the application of the principle of least action in various fields, including special relativity and dissipative systems. Raj aims to expand his knowledge in these areas and continue learning to improve his career.