Members of the ICG run a workshop on exoplanets last week as part of the University wide [http://www.upforitclub.org.uk/ UP for It Club]. The workshop covered many different topics from stars, galaxies to different exoplanet detection methods. 29 students from Christ the King, Isle of Wight and Charter Academy, Portsmouth took part. The students were split into groups and made models of different known exo planetary systems. The groups then gave a presentation on the system their model was based on.
ICG Student Dominic Galiano discussing the prospect of life on other planets
There was prize for the best group, which was judged on the creativity of each model, and the ability of each group in presenting scientific information.
ICG Student Niko Meures helps students build their Exoplanet system model.
The workshop ended with a question and answer session where ICG members were asked about all sort of astrophysics and cosmology, from X-Rays to black holes.
Dom demonstrating how to detect Exoplanets via transits with ICG's giant model Sun.
The event was run by Dominic Galliano with help from Hana Schumacher, Emma Beynon, Heather Campbell, Niko Meures. Visiting year 10 student, Connor Blaikie, from Swanmore College of Technology updated all the information sheets for the workshop, also helped out on the day.
Connor Blaik, Yr 10 from Swanmore Technology College at ICG
ICG postdoc Rita Tojeiro was a guest judge for the competition
The students were asked they had learnt from the event and here were the responses:
About black holes and differentgalaxies.
How a planet has to be habitable.
That there are over 700 otherplanets that we have discovered.
The Universe is a lot bigger that Ithought.
The lecture has expanded myknowledge of the Universe.
How Scientists detect planets.
The workshop used materials developed by the [http://www.roe.ac.uk/vc/education/secondary/ Royal Observatory, Edinburgh] and was run as part of University of Portsmouth's [http://www.upforitclub.org.uk/ Up For It Club]. Many thanks to Liz Haigh from Up For It Club.