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Discovery within a week

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Applications are now open for your schools to get involved with Discovery Day. Have a look at our flyer for more information and download our application form to apply. Please email all application to Tess Sullivan: by Friday 24th March.

This is a pioneering science initiative being piloted in London schools by Russian philanthropic foundation Noosphera. The initiative is also supported by the BE OPEN Foundation. Its aim is to introduce young people from disadvantaged areas of London to the fascinating world of astronomy. The project ‘Discovery within a Week’ brings together PHD astronomy students from UCL’s Physics and Astronomy department to mentor secondary school pupils and guide them through the materials and technology.

Over the course of the project, school children from both London and Moscow join professional astronomers from their respective countries, in order to exchange their astronomical experience and ideas during weekly Skype conferences. The objective of this continued interaction is to create a wide network of enthusiastic young observers and researchers. In conducting their research under the expert tutelage of scientists from different countries, children discover the universal laws of physics and realise that science truly knows no borders.

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“The ultimate goal of ‘Noosphera’ is to encourage younger generations to think globally by approaching the world with an informed, open and universal perspective – that, I am sure, will keep our society from sliding into the chaos of differences and conflicts. We should show both children and adults the universal aesthetic and scientific principles that unite people from all parts of the world.”

Yelena Baturina, Noosphere founder, business woman and philanthropist

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