The specific pedagogical concept underlying the project is the practical use (Hands-On) of real astronomical data in classrooms. These data are available with each corresponding exercise, or can be acquired on-line – or requested and obtained within days – from dedicated observing sites in Europe and worldwide through Internet. The exercises proposed here are inspired by research activities (European research when possible), prepared by researchers, adapted and tested by teachers and educators from the different partner countries. These exercises do not aim at teaching comprehensive astronomy courses, but rather at challenging pupils in order to teach them what is a scientific work, how to apprehend data and interpret them within physics and mathematics courses.

Specific common didactical software has been developed in order to handle the astronomical data in the classroom and is used as a tool in several exercises.

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