SDSS Plates for Education training session sign up
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is an astronomical survey that has been mapping the sky for over 20 years. To do this, many photographs of the sky were taken, revealing the position on the sky of millions of extragalactic objects such as stars, galaxies and quasars. Distances to these objects were obtained with the help of large aluminium plates, each with hundreds of holes. These "SDSS plates" help guide the light of each object to a detector and, after being used in observations of the sky, the plates are retired and distributed to schools and other education-focused institutions. A number of these plates have been shipped to Scotland, and this training day will provide information on how to use these plates in the classroom and out-of-school clubs.
Every school in attendance will receive an SDSS plate to take back with them, along with an information pack containing relevant information and activities. More information about the Plates for Education project can be found at:
The session will begin with an introduction to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and key concepts. The introduction will be followed by a chance to explore the education portal to SDSS with guidance from experts (the website in question can be found at
), with an emphasis on the SDSS plates and inquiry-driven exploration of SDSS data. Finally, we will provide training on how to use specific hands-on activities in the classroom. To participate fully in this training session, participants will need access to a laptop or tablet. If you are unable to bring one, please let us know in the sign-up form.
The training session will be held on the 17th of September from 2pm - 6pm (with a coffee/tea break) at Dundee Science Centre. Sign-up will close on the 6th of september, all places are given on a first come first serve basis. Places must be confirmed by the 9th, places that are not confirmed will be given to teachers on the waiting list.
We are able to cover travel costs to and from the venue if this is required.
Filling in this form does not guarantee a place on the training session. Once the form is filled in you will receive an email to let you know if you have a place or if you are on the waiting list.
If you have any questions, please do contact us at
Year group of your students
How comfortable are you teaching astronomy?
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I use it often
How familiar are you with Sloan Digital Sky Survey?
No idea what it is
I have used it in class before
Do you have any expectations for this training day? If so, what are they?
Are you able to bring a laptop/tablet?
If required, what is the approximate amount of financial assistance you would need?
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