Welcome to our Education and Outreach page.
Here you will find our current activities and a list of useful links to explore.
OPEN DAY AND PROJECTS FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Choosing one’s future is not an easy task and even picking a Thesis project during University may be confusing. We try to give a hand and once a year we open our doors to undergraduate students who want to meet us and discover our work.
Visit our OpenDay web site (in Italian) and our Thesis page (in Italian).
INTERNSHIPS FOR HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENTS
Every year we host about thirty students from high school to work with us. They stay for about two weeks and have the chance to discover the world of scientific research. Have a look at our projects.
LABORATORY EXPERIENCE FOR HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENTS
- MEET THE FIRST X-RAY TELESCOPE
In collaboration with INAF/Brera Astronomical Observatory, we have prepared a laboratory experience with the qualification model mirror of the mission BeppoSAX. The mission, pioneer in high-energy astrophysics, led to the epochal discovery of the extra-Galactic nature of Gamma Ray Bursts. The BeppoSAX nested X-ray mirrors have been developed in our Institute and the experience will give the possibility to see and interact with an X-ray telescope at work. Description of the laboratory activity and available dates can be found here. (Conference proceedings of the project: SPIE digital library, limited access).
- HUNTING FOR COSMIC RAYS
Cosmic Rays are particles (mostly protons) that travel through Space almost at the speed of light. They permeate the Cosmos and arrive on Earth as well. We have built an experiment that reveals their passage with the use of Geiger detectors. The laboratory kit, which will soon be available for schools upon request (contact M. Fiorini), has been presented at BergamoScienza. See related article (in Italian).
ITALIAN ASTRONOMY OLYMPIADS
We participate to the Italian Astronomy Olympiads (page in Italian), an annual event for school students who have a passion for Science. The national competition leads to the formation of the Italian team that will participate to the International Astronomy Olympiads. The pretext of the competition brings us all together, researchers and students, planting the first seeds of a young scientific interest that could last a lifetime.
Python & Astropy
In recent years, Python has established itself as one of the most efficient and versatile tools in the scientific community. In this page you will find the material of the course ‘Introduction to Astropy‘ (a Python library for Astronomy) held by Marco Fumana in our institute on 2019 October 25th. The course requires no prior knowledge of Python.
- THE INVISIBLE UNIVERSE
Discover the surprises and many facets of the X and gamma ray Universe (page in Italian), invisible to our eyes and yet curdle of the most energetic and explosive phenomena of the Cosmos.
- A WALK WITH SCIENCE
Like you, we love Science. Some of us came to love it as adults, but for many love stroke hard as kids, when we least expected it in the right book, movie, teacher that came our way.
We decided to collect whatever is out there that is related to Science and that we love the most.
So…visit the page, stay tuned and enjoy!
We have collected a list of wonderful sites around the world that share our passion for Science. We know there are so many more out there, but this is where we like to begin.
Thank you for visiting our page and may Science be with you 🙂