LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA - The first iteration of the Pan-African School for Emerging Astronomers (PASEA) 2022 was a huge success.
On October 5, 2022, the instructors began their instructor prep week to collaborate on designing interactive teaching activities for students. This year, instructors arrived from Toronto, Canada, Vancouver Canada, Enugu, Nigeria, and Lusaka, Zambia. Students began to arrive on October 9th for a one-week intensive astronomy course. Being the first time outside of West Africa, we welcomed an interesting cohort of 42 students from the West, East, North, and South of Africa.
Highlights of this school include:
Inquiry activity on Parallax and the inverse square law
Programming with astropy
Introduction to Radio astronomy
A visit to the Mosi-oa-tunya falls (Victoria falls)
Night sky observation
and many more.
The goals of the program are to contribute to building a critical mass of astronomers, to build a community of future scientific leaders in West Africa, and to exchange ideas about teaching and learning across continents.
PASEA is sponsored by the Dunlap Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Astropy, AfAS, OAD, Las Cumbres Observatory, and Copperbelt University, Zambia.
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