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Smarttscience.com provides free learning resources for teachers of children between the ages of 8 and 12. Our first launch is a set of 8 space science lessons, each designed to be a fully complete 1hr long lesson with slides, stunning images, fun worksheets and full background information for teachers. Our team of professional scientists, teachers and designers. provide all you need in self contained lesson plans, with one click. Our lesson plans also include extended activities and worksheets for a range of abilities. Kids love learning about space and science, here is all you need to get started. 

 

We have been working with schools in a pilot programme, where teachers give the lesson “Our Solar System”  based on our lesson plan, slides, worksheets and activities. The pupils compile questions and we setup a live, secure, video link for Prof Smartt to join the class and answer questions.

Professor Smartt

Stephen Smartt is professor of astrophysics at Queen’s University Belfast and has previously worked at the University of Cambridge and the UK’s Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes.  He uses telescopes around the world to survey the sky in search of exploding stars. An exploding star is called a supernova, which can shine with the power of 11 billion suns. Professor Smartt leads several international teams using telescopes in Chile (in the southern hemisphere) and Hawaii (northern hemisphere) to search for these spectacular explosions. He also searches for light emitted by sources of gravitational waves which are thought to be dense neutron stars that smash together. Prof Smartt is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, and was awarded the George Darwin Lecture by the Royal Astronomical Society and the RIA Gold Medal in the physical and mathematical sciences.

 

Teachers can be assured that the content is accurate, up to date and appropriate for ages 8 to 12. Lessons are designed through our Smarttscience.com teacher collaborations to form self contained 1-hour blocks.

Stephen Smartt is professor of astrophysics at Queen’s University Belfast and has previously worked at the University of Cambridge and the UK’s Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes.  He uses telescopes around the world to survey the sky in search of exploding stars. An exploding star is called a supernova, which can shine with the power of 11 billion suns. Professor Smartt leads several international teams using telescopes in Chile (in the southern hemisphere) and Hawaii (northern hemisphere) to search for these spectacular explosions. He also searches for light emitted by sources of gravitational waves which are thought to be dense neutron stars that smash together.  Prof Smartt has checked all sources in these lessons, and teachers using this material can be assured of its validity and the up to date nature of the scientific statements. They can also be assured that the content is appropriate for Key Stage 2 pupils (or ages 8 to 12) and has been designed specifically with 1hr self contained lessons in mind (due to our Smarttscience.com teacher collaborations).

See some images Prof. Smartt has taken with the Hubble Space Telescope below!

Livestream Lessons

The Professor will be giving the second of eight live-streamed lessons on Tuesday 19th May at 11AM! 

Please note if the embedded video doesn't work on your computer, the link will take you to YouTube where you can watch.

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Galaxy NGC 2397, pictured in this image from Hubble, is a classic spiral galaxy with long prominent dust lanes along the edges of its arms, seen as dark patches and streaks silhouetted against the starlight. Hubble's exquisite resolution allows the study of individual stars in nearby galaxies. Credit : NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the Hubble Heritage Team, S. Smartt