EU-HOU: Hands-On Universe, Europe. Bringing frontline interactive astronomy to the classroom
The EU-HOU project is a collaboration of hundreds of teachers and scientists from 14 countries with the purpose of creating a way for students to get excited by science, primarily through the use of astronomy.
The exercises developed by EU-HOU are designed to promote active learning by giving students real astronomical data and the tools to analyse them simply and easily in their own classroom. The primary target group is thus teachers, who are involved through a pilot school scheme.
The project is based on real observations, possibly acquired by the pupils themselves in classrooms thanks to either a European and worldwide network of automatic telescopes operated via the Internet, or didactical tools (Webcam system, radio telescope) developed within the project. These observations can be manipulated in classrooms with specific pupil-friendly software. They are integrated into pedagogical resources constructed in close collaboration between researchers and teachers. The resources developed in the project are made available through the EU-HOU website.
EU-HOU started in 2004 and is now in its third phase:
2004-2006 EU-HOU was born
2008-2010 Hands-On Universe teacher training and support programme
2010-2012 EU-HOU - Connecting classrooms to the Milky Way
In the “Connecting classrooms to the Milky Way” project, EU-HOU is developing the first European network of radio telescopes for education, enabling schools to explore the Milky Way through the Internet, as well as inquiry-based pedagogical resources to be used in classrooms.
Country: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Coordinator: Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France, www.upmc.fr
- Karl Franzens universität Graz. Austria
- Observatoire royal de Belgique - Planétarium de Bruxelles, Belgium
- Saint Nikolas Lyceum, Cyprus
- Astronomicky Ustav Akademie ved Ceske Republiky, Czech Republic
- Förderverein Astropeiler Stockert e.V., Germany
- Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing, National Observatory of Athens, Greece
- Cork Institute of technology, Ireland
- Fondatione idis citta della scienza, Italy
- Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland
- NUCLIO – Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia, Portugal
- University of Craiova, Romania
- Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
- Vetenskapens Hus, Sweden
- University of Glamorgan, UK
Target groups: education authorities, general public, parents, secondary school students, teachers, university students
Topic: Astronomy, Maths, Physics
Start year: 2004
Contact person: Anne-Laure Melchior, almelchior (at) eu-hou.net
EU-HOU aims to create new, exciting exercises for teaching science.
Public reports on the project will be made available at a later stage.
EU-HOU promotes experimental science teaching by bringing hands-on experimental active learning into the classroom and diffusing good practices in non-formal/informal activities among teachers, schools, and national/transnational educational bodies.
EU-HOU provides the following activities and services for teachers:
- Training sessions
- Pedagogical resources, based on inquiry-based science education
- National websites for free dissemination of pedagogical materials and online forum allowing teachers to share knowledge and experiences
- A free, pupil-friendly software package for the schools
In the “Connecting classrooms to the Milky Way” project, EU-HOU develops a network of radio telescopes for education, enabling schools to explore the Milky Way through the Internet, as well as inquiry-based pedagogical resources to be used in classrooms. Outreach and dissemination relies on 10,000 CD-ROMs distributed in European schools, on circulating poster exhibitions, on a multilingual website to freely disseminate pedagogical materials, and a forum allowing teachers to share knowledge and experiences.