Launching Astronomy and Space Education; SCIENCE: National Schools Astronomer Dr Paul Roche Comes to University of Glamorgan
Byline: PAUL CAREY
THE United Kingdom's National Schools Astronomer with a remit to take astronomy and space education into schools around the country is to be based at the University of Glamorgan.
Dr Paul Roche, who was born and raised in Cardiff, has joined the University of Glamorgan as an honorary research fellow and will work closely with colleagues in the University's Earth and Space Sciences Field on innovative ways of encouraging children to take a more active interest in science.
The University of Glamorgan, based in Pontypridd, already has a growing reputation for excellence in the teaching of astronomy and space science and currently runs the world's only degree in science and science fiction.
Nearly 200 learners also study the subject in the community thanks to the University's astronomy outreach programme.
Dr Roche will now base his National Schools Astronomer work at the University. This involves working with schools, colleges and young people to encourage them to harness the power of robotic telescopes around the world, including the Faulkes telescope in Hawaii and the soon to be built RoCCoTo telescope at the University of Glamorgan.
"By using the internet, people can view deep space objects and get a glimpse of our universe, which can be a brilliant teaching aid, " Dr Roche said.
"Robotically controlled telescopes, like the one being developed at the University of Glamorgan, can be used by schools around the country who take part in my project. The resource is free and available to everyone. …