SciCo implemented a five-day STEM summer camp that was hosted by the Avgouleas-Linardatou School from the 18th to the 22nd of June, 2018. Through the STEM collaborative clustering educational approach, the students used smart technology to get to know more about our planet and solar system and to gain basic knowledge of astronomy and space. The educational program was designed and delivered by SciCo's specialised STEM educators and the students were divided in 2 age clusters; senior primary-school students and secondary-school students respectively.
The students of the first age group participated in a series of hands-on activities; they created a model of our solar system, they built a mock-up of an imaginary extraterrestrial city and they constructed a rocket and a telescope. Meanwhile, the secondary-school students amplified their knowledge about astronomy by participating in digital teaching scenarios with the use of augmented reality applications. The students took a look at the evolution of astronomy, from the time of Galileo and the construction of the first telescope that shattered the geocentric model to the spacecraft constructed by humans to discover the secrets of space. They also learned how to classify the celestial bodies and they created an interactive construction that depicts our solar system by building simple circuits.
As part of the program, all students participated in the Moon and Zeus observation evening, where they attended a brief presentation of the planets given by invited astronomers and they used real telescopes to observe the sky.