All of our educational activities are supported by our fantastic education partners.

2018 LCO Education Partners

Below is a complete list of all of our education partners. Their programs will run from 1 December 2017 to 1 December 2018. We are very pleased to have each of them partnering with us, and are looking forward to the great educational impact we will have together, using robotic telescopes.

Astrolab (Starlight in the university lab)

Supported by the Office of Astronomy for Development of the International Astronomical Union.

Global Astrolab is an enquiry-based lab for science undergraduate students in the developing world. The provided observing time will allow students to learn to plan and perform real-time observations with the robotic telescopes and to transform those observations into a scientific result under the guidance of their tutor.

Audience: University students in Sub-Saharan Africa
Contact Michele Gerbaldi for more details

Bringing Astronomy Research to Underrepresented Groups

Supported by Sonoma State University

This program will bring astronomy research opportunities to youth groups (high school age) in out-of-school and after-school settings. They will be given instruction on the research process and then work in groups to conduct a project, selecting from several types, including double star astrometry, RR Lyrae photometry, exoplanet and asteroid light curves, variable star light curves and gamma ray burst follow-up optical observations.

Audience: High-school students around Sonoma County
Contact Rachel Freed for more details

Constellations under investigation & Scientists' Apprentice

Supported by NUCLIO

NUCLIO is a non-profit association from Portugal dedicated to science education and outreach with a special focus on Astronomy. Its scope is global since it is deeply involved in internacional projects with similar goals and objectives. NUCLIO has been promoting teacher training activities thru the "Galileo Teachers Training Program” (GTTP) since the International Year of Astronomy 2009. It is also co-managing the "Portuguese Language Expertise Center" (PLOAD) of IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD).

Audience: School students and teachers, international
Contact for more details

Fascination Astronomy

Supported by Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute

Supporting the Qatar National Olympiad and Fascination astronomy workshops with 200 schools throughout Qatar.

Audience: Teachers and students in Qatar
Contact for more details

The Faulkes Telescope Project offers real-time and queue-scheduled observing on the LCO network. Our mission is to get school students doing real science with research class telescopes from their classrooms. The projects we run include colour imaging, tracking asteroids, the lifecycle of stars and observing supernovae. We provide observing support along with a wide variety of educational resources and teacher CPD programmes. If you are a teacher in the UK or Europe then please contact us for more details on your eligibility to join.

Audience: Teachers and students in UK and Europe
Contact for more details

Follow-up of Gravitational Wave sources with LCO

Supported by Cardiff University

With the advent of the latest generation gravitational wave detectors (Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo), dawn is breaking on multi-messenger astronomy. The detection of gravitational wave sources when accompanied by a companion source seen in "traditional" electromagnetic telescopes would bring breakthroughs in a huge range of astrophysics as well as fundamental physics. This project will bring this process into schools around the world using LCO's unique network of telescopes.

Audience: General audience, online

Contact Chris North for more details

IfA Hawai'i outreach

Part of the University of Hawaii, the Institute for Astronomy has many different outreach activities supporting school students, amateur astronomers and other residents of the Hawaiian islands. The observing time provided to them is for use by amateur astronomy groups and science projects for school students based in the Hawai'ian islands.

Audience: High school students in Hawai'i
Contact JD Armstrong for more details

Institute for Student Astronomical Research

InStAR’s mission is to develop, conduct, and promote the adoption of the Astronomy Research Seminar, which is an immersive, student team-based astronomical research experience for high school, 2-year community college, and 4-year university students. InStAR also serves as a central coordination site and resource, primarily through its web site, for student research teams in the U.S. to obtain resources, talk with other research groups, and to be a part of a growing community of practice. 

Audience: High school students, USA

Contact for more details

McDonald Observatory K-12 Teacher Training

Supported by University of Texas

McDonald Observatory teacher workshops provides educators with access to astronomy themed trainings, classroom resources, and telescope observations to be used in the classroom. Teachers from Texas but also around the United States participate in our summer workshops, and additional trainings offered throughout the year. Participation in these workshops will also give them access to LCO observing time and observations for classroom support and projects.

Audience: Teachers in Texas and across US

Contact for more details

Supported by Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Through a pilot partnership with LCO, MicroObservatory aims to enhance our users’ learning experience. Specifically, we will offer our audiences periodic opportunities to request “Target of Opportunity” exoplanet datasets from the LCO network, which they would then analyze using the same skills and tools that they have employed with MicroObservatory data.

Audience:General audience, online

Contact for more details

Modeling Astronomy

Supported by Global Hands-On Universe

A pilot program of workshops during 2018, where we will instruct American Modeling Instruction Teachers Association teachers our new activities and how to use LCO telescopes

Audience: US Teachers

Contact for more details

OSS provides online student and teacher mentoring for a variety of independent research projects as well as providing and guiding high school teachers through using a fully provisioned curriculum (Australian, NGSS, IB and others) to use LCO in their classrooms.

Audience: Teachers and Yr 9-12 Student Researchers in Australia and globally (online)

Contact Michael Fitzgerald for more details

PETeR is an enquiry-based online lab which aims to familiarize the Spanish educational community with the scientific method and practice, while contributing to the diffusion of Astronomy and Astrophysics. This is achieved dedicating some observation time with robotic telescopes to educational activities and e-science projects aimed at students and amateur astronomy associations.

Audience: High school students and teachers in Spain
Contact for more details

Stanford Online High School (SOHS) is an accredited, independent school for intellectually passionate students in grades 7 - 12. The SOHS Astronomy Research Club involves students across the world in astronomy research education and projects.

Audience: Intellectually passionate middle and high school students, regardless of location

Contact Kalée Tock for more details

The Boyce Research Initiatives and Education Foundation (BRIEF) provides research opportunities to students to enhance their educational experience and introduce them to the scientific and technical communities. BRIEF is providing, as its primary education mission, hands-on astronomy research experiences for students of all ages that result in their publishing peer-reviewed papers.

Audience: High-school and college students in San Diego area
Contact for more details

Supported by the National Science Academy of the Welsh Government

Based in Wales, Universe in the Classroom are using our robotic network of telescopes with primary school children and teachers.

Audience: Primary school teachers in Wales

Contact Sarah Eve Roberts for more details

50 hours for 50 Countries

Supported by Global Hands-On Universe

We will use one hour of 0.4 meter telescope time for each of 50 nations, to be given to one classroom or a group of classrooms in each nation. The students and teachers will be given guidance by experienced astronomers from G-HoU.

Audience: Schools in 50 countries
Contact for more details

Become an education partner

If you run an astronomy education project and are looking to do something innovative with your audience involving robotic telescopes, we'd love to talk about partnering with you. We run an annual open call for new partners. Applications for this year are currently closed, but please be in touch with Edward Gomez or Sarah Eve Roberts if you would like more information.

Individual membership?

All of the partners above are currently accepting members to join their programs. Please look through the list and see if you could join any of them. At this time we are not accepting registrations from individuals.