The Astronomy for Remote and Island Schools Project (AfRIS) is a Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) funded public engagement project for the National Schools’ Observatory (NSO) to create and manage a small, but mobile, science-outreach team to deliver astronomy-related workshops and activities to schools and communities located in some of the more remote parts of the UK.
The principle objectives of the AfRIS project are as follows:
- To engage with 80 remote or island schools during a proposed 40 outreach trips.
- To engage with and promote STFC science to a total of 4,000 students and 1,000 parents, siblings and members of the remote communities that we visit.
- To run an additional 20 after-school events for parents and members of the local community.
- Encourage 20 participating schools to set-up science clubs as a result of our visit.
- To use astronomy to enthuse students and teachers about the long-term study of STEM subjects.
- To create and manage a dedicated online community to support remote/island teachers in delivering astronomy in the classroom.
- To provide online support for remote students with a deeper interest in astronomy.
- To create a detailed evaluation plan to monitor the short and medium-term impact of astronomy outreach on the remote schools and communities we visit.
The project will start on 1st September 2017 and run through to 1st March 2020 – some 30 months.