Training Novae Hunters: Using Light Curves Of Novae For Mathematics Learning In The School Classroom

Astronomy Education in Practice
5th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Thursday Nov. 30, 2023
UTC: 1:05 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Friday Dec. 1, 2023
UTC: 8:35 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

The pedagogical team of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Astrophysics and Space science (CIRAS), aims to enhance astrophysics learning using astronomical data. We develop educational activities aligned with the high school curriculum in Chile, incorporating cutting-edge astrophysics research to motivate student learning. Using time-resolved photometric data from the LCO Global Sky Partners project, we construct light curves of recent nova explosions. These data are used to create comprehensive teaching sequences on topics like growth and decay functions in mathematics at the high school level. By bridging the gap between scientific research and the classroom, we contribute to a more engaging learning experience.

About Ignacia Benito-Cisterna

Daniele Pizzo is a biology teacher at the public school system in the state of São Paulo. Master's student in teaching astronomy at IAG - University of São Paulo. Her research area is the interdisciplinary teaching of astronomy.