Stargazing live! inspiring with real data in a mobile planetarium and learning through conceptual modelling

Bert Bredeweg, Marco Kragten, Joanna Holt, Dennis Vaendel, Joris Hanse, Steven Bloemen

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We present the Stargazing Live! program comprising a planetarium experience and supporting lesson activities for pre-university physics education. The mobile planetarium aims to inspire and motivate learners using real telescope data during the experience. Learners then consolidate their learning by creating conceptual models in the DynaLearn software. During development of the program, content experts and stakeholders were consulted. Three conceptual model lesson activities have been created: star properties, star states and the fusion-gravity balance. The present paper evaluates the planetarium experience plus the star properties lesson activity in nine grade 11 and 12 classes across three secondary schools in the Netherlands. Learners are very positive about the planetarium experience, but they are less able to link the topics in the planetarium to the curriculum. The conceptual modelling activity improves the learners understanding of the causal relationship between the various stellar properties. Future work includes classroom testing of the star states and fusion-gravity balance lessons.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAugmented intelligence and intelligent tutoring systems - 19th International Conference, ITS 2023, Proceedings
EditorsClaude Frasson, Phivos Mylonas, Christos Troussas
PublisherSpringer, Cham
ISBN (Electronic)9783031328831
ISBN (Print)9783031328824
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13891 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


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