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Discovering Our Place in the Universe

Date: Tuesday 29th January 2013

Time: 09:15 AM to 03:15 PM

Location : Glyndwr University Conf Services, St Asaph Business Park, St Asaph LL17 0DJ

Cost : FREE




The course is aimed at practising primary teachers and this is the first time it has been offered to teachers in Wales.  I include an outline programme for the day and hope that you will be able to attend.  We have a limit of 16 places therefore a waiting list will be maintained for any future dates. The course may be cancelled if less than 12 people apply.  Only one applicant per school please and ideally the Science/WAU co-ordinator teaching the upper age group should apply.


If required, the Armagh Observatory will supply sub cover for you (a flat rate of £160) and lunch will be provided. If you wish to attend please reply directly to me using my email address :  I would be grateful if you would copy the following text into your reply:


  • I wish to attend the EU-UNAWE course      on Tuesday 29th      Jan 2013  in Glyndwr University Conf Services (is this the correct name?!)
  • Your full name (for certificate)
  • Your preferred email address
  • Your school      name and full address
  • Whether      you are the Science Co-ordinator and the Key Stage/Class that you normally      teach
  • If you      have any special dietary requirements


I will acknowledge all replies on Monday 14th January to confirm your place and will attach the sub cover form for claiming back the £160. We reimburse this after you attend (to the school bank details that you supply on the sub cover form). Please let me know at any point if you are then unable to attend and I can contact any teachers still on a waiting list.


Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you,





Libby McKearney

EU-UNAWE UK Project manager




EU-UNAWE: “Discovering Our Place in the Universe”



 9 to 9:15am    Registration and tea/coffee on arrival


 9:30am           Welcome, introduction and housekeeping


 9:35am           EU-UNAWE introduction, background and ideals


 9:45am           Using materials to teach astronomy, lessons and the science behind each:

Fitting Space into school!

Earth, Moon and Sun

Relationships between the above and effects


11:00am          Tea/coffee break


11:15am                      Continue as before break:

            Our Solar System

            Distance and scale

            Earth’s place in the wider Universe


1:00pm            Lunch


1:30pm           Professor Mark Bailey, Director of Armagh Observatory: 

              “Earth’s Place in Space; Bringing “Heaven” Down to Earth”.


 1:55pm           Continue with course material:

            Observation & inspiring interest

Website familiarization and finding good sources of information     


 2:50pm           Evaluation, discussion on matching content to Curriculum and feedback


 3:15pm           End of course