Schools

Celebrate Jupiter, the mightiest planet in the Solar System, by organising some fun activities in your School to inspire young minds about the night sky and our Solar System.

Please use the resources available on this website to help you with organising any activities.  Whether you wish to invite a workshop organiser, a presenter, run a Star Party, or hold an exhibition about Jupiter, our resources are designed to help you with the planning and organisation, as follows:

  • Fact Sheet on Jupiter – this document can be found in the Resources section, and provides fun and general facts designed to inspire young minds about Jupiter
  • Lesson Plans – these outline plans for all Keystage groups can also be downloaded from the Resources section. See the Resources for Schools section
  • You could win a telescope for your school – Register your event/activities on the website by 30 January 2014 and you will be entered in a prize draw to win a telescope for your school
  • Ask an expert – encourage your students to email their questions about Jupiter to our celebrity experts – see our Ask an Expert page which will be launched shortly on this website for details
  • Find the experts – this list, available to be downloaded from the Resources section, provides a list of presenters, workshop organisers, STEMNet Ambassadors and experts in your local area who would be available to come along to your school. (Also in the Resources for Schools section).
  • Video on Jupiter – the video on our website can also be accessed from YouTube for viewing in your School
  • Kids pages – our Kids Pages which are available to download from the Resources page provide educational information about Jupiter in a fun and colourful way

Competition

Encourage your students to submit their photos or pictures of Jupiter, taken or drawn during National Astronomy Week.

Please also note that there is also a nationwide Star Count taking place at the time where schools and organisations throughout the UK are being asked to take part in recording the number of stars that can be seen in the Orion constellation. All recordings will be incorporated into a national survey to identify areas affected by light pollution.  Further details can be found on the Star Count Orion page on this website.  If you choose to run a Star Count activity, please ensure you register this as an event on this website for the chance to win a telescope for your school.

The telescopes that can be won for your school have been kindly donated by SCS Astro . SCS Astro Limited is owned and run by Kieron and Anne McGrath.  The company was founded in 1993 and incorporated in 2000.  In 998 we opened our retail store, the Astronomy Shop, in Wellington, Somerset.  Based in the West Country, SCS Astro sells all over the world.  Our customers include amateur and professional astronomers, universities, colleges and observatories.  We specialise in giving advice to beginners and those looking to make their first telescope purchase.  More importantly, we are amateur astronomers – we use the equipment we sell.