Contributed Talk - Splinter Education
Thursday, 21 September 2017, 17:40 (HS5)
A research project for students from schools based on variable stars
Argelander-Institut für Astronomie der Universität Bonn
Young people from schools are interested in getting a little bit
of an insight
in the life of a scientist. For these students, we have established
a lab course based on the determination of light curves of variable
Using scans of photographic plates from the Bonner ``Sammlung
Historischer Himmelsaufnahmen'' the students learn, how to reduce
optical observations. Results of their work were
published in the ``BAV-Rundbriefe''. As a byproduct we detected
a few new variable stars.
In addition, by lessons and work sheets the pupils learn about the
importance of variable stars for the determination of distances in
An overview of the project and the experience with the ``young scientists'' is given.