Discovery in a Week
Introducing children from disadvantaged areas to the fascinating world of astronomy schools in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund for London.
A pioneering science initiative supported by the BE OPEN foundation is being piloted in London schools in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund for London. The initiative aims is to introduce young people from disadvantaged areas to the fascinating world of astronomy.
A number of schools have already signed up for the programme; with more schools set to join up with the onset of the new academic year in autumn. The aim is to continue to extend the scope of this initiative to a broader range of schools over the next few years.
Over the course of the project, school children from both London and Moscow join professional astronomers from their respective countries, in order to exchange their astronomical experience and ideas during weekly conferences. The objective of this continued interaction is to create a wide network of enthusiastic young observers and researchers. In conducting their research under the expert tutelage of scientists from different countries, children discover the universal laws of physics and realise that science truly knows no borders.
During the course of the project, the students not only enhance their theoretical knowledge, but also make real astronomic discoveries. The stars they discover will be recorded in the International Variable Star Index, while the coordinates of the asteroids detected will be sent to the Minor Planet Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Harvard.