A few days ago, the Pedagogical University welcomed the Head of the Committee of “Teaching Astronomy at Schools” International Project of the International Astronomical Union Roza Maria Ross, member of the same committee Alan Pickwick and the Armenian team members of this project.
During the three- day visit the latter had meetings with the professoriate and the studnets of the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, and delivered lectures.
In her interview to the www.aspu.am the Head of the Committee of “Teaching Astronomy at Schools” outlined that they were interested in developing Astronomy on all levels and that lectures were being conducted all over the world.
“In fact it is very important to present Astronomy and sciences in general in various school programmes. We are here to develop Astronomy at schools, particularly at secondary schools”, mentioned Roza Maria Ross and added that the Project was essential especially for teachers; it is aimed to give enough knowledge about the field and the science itself. In her opinion, specialists teaching Astronomy must be professionals and continuously learn whatever they do not know very well.
Likewise, the Head of the Committee noted that the local team consisting of employees of the Observatory could join them after the end of the project in Armenia and could support the collaboration and exchange of experience among various countries.
Furthermore, the member of the same Committee Alan Pickwick noticed that this project implemented at the Pedagogical University aimed at training Astronomy teachers so that they are able to increase interest towards this field of science among pupils. And besides, Alan Pickwick hoped that future pedagogues would be bold and daring in regards with various questions and areas of Astronomy.
“Our main goal is to raise love and interest among children towards both science and Astronomy”.
What is more, within the framework of the Project “Teaching Astronomy at Schools”, studnets visited the Byurakan Observatory after Victor Hambardzumyan, attended the Master Class by the Director of the Observatory Areg Mickaelyan, and got familiarized with the life and activities conducted by Victor Hambardzumyan.
“Victor Hambardzumyan could receive at least three Nobel Prizes only for theoretical detection of neutron, the discovery of the age of the Galaxy, and the discovery of stereotypes”, mentioned Areg Mickaelyan and spoke about Victor Hambardzumyan’ s success recorded in theoretical physics, astrophysics, planetary nebulae, and philosophy of elementary particles.
After the Master Class, the students had the opportunity to observe the stars with a telescope and to listen to various interesting facts about telescopes from professionals.