“Fantastic Voyage into the Galaxy center” is a new conception workshop for students who just finished the penultimate scholastic year. It reached its V edition on June 2011, revealing a greater and greater success among the partecipants. 
The major innovative method of the workshop is its “living role play” context, so that it can be considered a main stream example of public engagement in the field of science & technology outreach and education.
It is organized by INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Brera and INAF-IASF, Milan, in collaboration with Thales Alenia Space and Media Lario Technologies. It is supported by ESA, ASI, the National Agency for Education, the Regional Scholastic Office and Assolombarda.
The workshop lasts 8-10 days (50 hours), and it is addressed to 30-40 secondary school students. Its main goal is to introduce the students both to the scientific research and to the industry challenges in the field of space technology. The students are splitted into six competing groups and asked to design a space telescope for high energy astronomy, taking into account the scientific rationale, the industrial technologies and the assigned budget. Day by day, they attend lessons held by scientific researchers and they visit both Thales and Media Lario, gathering information about high energy astronomy and space telescope building activities. Each group discusses its choices with a set of scientists and engineers acting as tutors. On the last day of the workshop, each group formalizes its own mission design by making a multimedia presentation.
Two hour before the presentations, the groups are announced that the budget is reduced down of 30% of the initial one. They have to co-operate and investigate the possibility to reduce their costs or trying to join their forces.
After a re-discussion of the missions, the final groups (single groups or joined one) give their final presentations, specifying their scientific goal, the mirrors, the detectors, the spacecraft (solar panels and electronics all-included) and the launcher they chose. A panel of scientists selects the space telescope which is worth flying into space.
This approach uses the role-play approach, the hands-on strategy and some more formal education and it constitutes a high quality format which can easily be repeated in most of the European countries to fight the disaffection of secondary school students towards science curricula at university level.
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Fantastic voyage to the galaxy centre
Quality as the right professional people at the right places

Stefano Sandrelli   INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Brera, Ilaria Arosio INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Brera

Andrea Tiengo   INAF - Space Astrophysics and Cosmic Physics Institute (Milan)

“Fantastic Voyage into the Galaxy center” is a new conception workshop for students who just finished the penultimate scholastic year. It reached its V edition on June 2011, revealing a greater and greater success among the partecipants. 
The major innovative method of the workshop is its “living role play” context, so that it can be considered a main stream example of public engagement in the field of science & technology outreach and education.
It is organized by INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Brera and INAF-IASF, Milan, in collaboration with Thales Alenia Space and Media Lario Technologies. It is supported by ESA, ASI, the National Agency for Education, the Regional Scholastic Office and Assolombarda.
The workshop lasts 8-10 days (50 hours), and it is addressed to 30-40 secondary school students. Its main goal is to introduce the students both to the scientific research and to the industry challenges in the field of space technology. The students are splitted into six competing groups and asked to design a space telescope for high energy astronomy, taking into account the scientific rationale, the industrial technologies and the assigned budget. Day by day, they attend lessons held by scientific researchers and they visit both Thales and Media Lario, gathering information about high energy astronomy and space telescope building activities. Each group discusses its choices with a set of scientists and engineers acting as tutors. On the last day of the workshop, each group formalizes its own mission design by making a multimedia presentation.
Two hour before the presentations, the groups are announced that the budget is reduced down of 30% of the initial one. They have to co-operate and investigate the possibility to reduce their costs or trying to join their forces.
After a re-discussion of the missions, the final groups (single groups or joined one) give their final presentations, specifying their scientific goal, the mirrors, the detectors, the spacecraft (solar panels and electronics all-included) and the launcher they chose. A panel of scientists selects the space telescope which is worth flying into space.
This approach uses the role-play approach, the hands-on strategy and some more formal education and it constitutes a high quality format which can easily be repeated in most of the European countries to fight the disaffection of secondary school students towards science curricula at university level.

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