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SpaceKidets is more than just a course, it is the merger of our History of Space module with our Astronomy for Kids module to produce SpaceKidets. it still grows But its more than just a course. We like our learners to come to us and stay with us.
We offer regular updates regarding what to see when to look up at the night sky. This includes monthly updates posted into the classroom showing where the planets are and any other special events going on like passes of the International Space Station or Iridium Flare (join the course to read up more on what those are!).
Also, as our learners benefit as we add more course material to what is already a substantial course, we like to think they might like to stay with us to work towards their GCSE Astronomy course.
So what do our modules offer?
History of Space Exploration
This looks at the development of the V2 Rocket by Wernher Von Braun and follows through to
Development of Saturn V and the Apollo Mission
Brief overview of all the Apollo missions
Brief overview of the Men who walked on the Moon
A look at the shuttle program
Overview of Soyuz and the International Space Station
There is a 10 question quiz at the end.
What do we need to get into astronomy?
In this we’ve addressed a number of questions kids ask about astronomy, like how far away and how big are the planets? How hot is the Sun and loads more. We’ve combined much the same as we used in the Space course to write
Overview of telescopes
Getting to know the night sky – this looks at the more recognizable constellations and the objects you can observe (with binoculars or small telescope).
tour of the planets – again we discuss the fascinating facts behind some of the planets and look at how we can observe them and what to expect.
We incorporated our AstroWorksheets into this to make it more engaging.
How to setup and use an equatorial telescope
Many have asked us how to use an equatorial telescope, in this module, we hope we answered it! We’ve looked at a telescope which we resell, a 70mm equatorial refractor. We have looked at the bits it arrived with from the factory. We looked at how to assemble it together all with the assistance of Grace Hankin, one of our SpaceKidets and GCSE Students!
We then look at how to actually set the telescope up from balancing the weight of the tube to balancing with a counterweight, explaining why its so important.
We then continue to look at how we align the finder with the main telescope and move onto how to align the mount with the polestar.
We finish with a look at some of the things we can see with the telescope. Great videos to watch with explanation in text format!
Astrophotography with a webcam
This is where many young SpaceKidets (and their parents) want to go. We look at how to use a basic webcamera to image the Moon and the Planets. We walk you through step by step of how to add the webcamera to the telescope assembly. We then look at how to connect it up to a computer and how we can then use it to capture some amazing images.
Covered in this module are,
How to image the Moon and process the data
How to make a mosaic of the Moon and stitch the images.
How to image a planet (we chose Jupiter!
In each case the files are available to play with for those who lack the equipment (or the weather!).
New added material
Sun and Space Weather!
Learn all about the Sun, how it shines and its influence on space weather.
Learn all about meteors and meteorites and how they can tell us how our solar system formed
Age range – 7 years upwards (depending on ability), but should have no problem using a mobile device or computer to access. Ideal for pre GCSE Astronomy
Each has been supplemented with interactives (fancy term for an iPad or PC specific media, they click or tap through the menus reading as they go).
The course is available for £20 ( bundled in with history of space exploration) it is written by and exclusive to Online Astronomy Society Academy. Click here to purchase now