"Engaging youth: An Astronomical Journey in 3D"
by Robert Hill of the
Northern Ireland Space Office, Armagh Planetarium, Northern
Monday May 12 2008 at 8:00pm
Brilliant public speaker Robert Hill, formerly from the
and now at the N.I. Space Office, will set up an amazing 3-D
everyone coming to our next Public Lecture in TCD. Robert's
to be literally "out of this world" as he shows
spacecraft zooming out of
the screen in 3-D and more!
It is well known that astronomy and space science inspires young
and old alike and there is much anecdotal evidence to support
this. However, changing the preceptions within educational
structures and established curricula is a different matter but
there is success in the North with Astronomy and Space science
thematic units now available for teachers in the science and
Robert (who will just be returning from his mission with the
UNESCO Space Education Team in Tanzania!) will tell us of his
journey using astronomy as an educational 'hook' for science and
mathematics learning over the years to change the educational
landcape in Northern Ireland and beyond!
Robert will also be engaging attendees with the latest in
3D stereoscopic equipment to demonstrate how stereo animation and
interaction may change the future of education in classrooms
across Ireland over the next ten to twenty years!
Robert Hill is the manager of the Northern Ireland Space
Office, based at the world famous Armagh Planetarium. He has
spearheaded the campaign to bring astronomy and space science
topics to pupils through the newly revised curriculum in the
province. He is currently co-ordinating the creation of thematic
units with regional government and the Council for Curriculum,
Examinations and Assessment to align the latest astronomy related
resources to accredited and integrated education.
Robert is an educational consultant with the UK Yorkshire
based Space Connections group, researching the possibility of
creating a European Space Education Resource Office structure in
Northern Ireland and throughout the UK.
In his previous post as Business Manager and Science
Communicator for Armagh Planetarium, he designed and created the
highly acclaimed exhibition ‘From Earth to the Heavens’ and
has worked with several other science centres to help in the
realisation of exciting and stimulating European space related
exhibitions. During this period he also became the Faulkes Robotic
Telescope Project co-ordinator in Ireland and helped bring this
resource (in collaboration with the British Council) to Russia and
Portugal. He founded the Astrogazers Ireland Astronomy schools
network, working with teachers to gain confidence in using
astronomy resources for the classroom.
Robert is a member of many EU and Global wide working
groups and panels including the EURISY Foundation, Global and
European Hands-On Universe Advisory Committee, Astronet Panel E
‘Education, Outreach and Recruitment’ and was a member of the
UNESCO Space Education Team mission to Nigeria. He is currently a
member of the International Astronomical Union Executive Committee
Working Group for International Year of Astronomy 2009.
As well as his duties above, he is also liaising with
local government to explore the possibility of using astronomy and
space science as a key skills developer for adults returning to
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Admission: € 5 (€ 3 members and concessions)
This lecture is also available to members nationwide
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2888, Dublin 5.) As a sample, a low-resolution version will be
available FREE on this website. DVDs of this and past
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