EAAE Working Group 1 promotes Schools' Cooperative Projects .
1. Observational project: Moonwalkers
Students will have to observe the Moon, to be familiar with certain lunar objects, and observe short term lunar events such as white light, the darkening above certain regions and objects on the lunar surface. Please send observational reports, photos, .... to (charles-henri.eyraud at inrp.fr). Reports will be rapidly published on this website.
2. "Eratosthenes experiment"
As Eratosthenes 2200 years ago, we will measure the Earth's circunference at summer's solstice (H.N, i.e. 21 june). All schools can participate: they will have to send us their measurement.
The latest cooperative Eratosthenes project promoted by the EAAE was the "Eratosthenes experiment" in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
The method consists of putting a staff on the floor exposed to the sun, measure its shadow when the sun is at its highest point, deduce the angle of the solar rays compared with the vertical staff, then exchange your results with another class under another latitude. Then, a few geometrical drawings and a rule of three (see above) give you the length of earth's radius. The video you can download at the following link gives you a good idea of the project's science.
Download video (wmv 14Mo 2min): assouan-alexandrie-640x480. Credit: Planetario de Milano
In 2009, the project was also developed between schools of Barcelona (Spain), of the Republic of Bénin and of France.
In 2008 and 2009 a videoconference took place after the event.
Here some of our previous projects.
Take a look at the projects webpages.
Astronomy On-Line - The archive from the EAAE/ESO/EU programme which became the world's biggest astronomy event on the World Wide Web in 1996. This programme is still activated sometimes when major celestial phenomena occur.
Sea & Space - The ESA/ESO/EAAE programme in connection with the 1998 European Week for Scientific and Technological Culture.
Mercury Transit - On May 3rd, 2003 Mercury passed in front of the Sun. This rare event was promoted by the EAAE and ESO.
Venus Transit 2004 -On June 8, 2004 Venus passed in front of the Sun. This very rare event was visible from most of Europe, Africa and Asia. It generated a lot of attention from the media and the public all over the world. This event was promoted by the ESO and the EAAE.
Physics on Stage was an EIROforum programme for European science teachers in which EAAE and EPS are secondary partners. This project has continued with Science on Stage. All these projects were cooperation projects with ESA, CERN and ESO.
Life in the Universe- The CERN/ESA/ESO/EU project for the Science and Technology Week 2001 in which EAAE was a partner and responsible for the website.
We are now working on new projects with greater visibility for participant teachers.
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