Essential Information

Type Talks and courses
Date and Times Primary school session: Monday 18 October at 4pm-5.15 pm | Secondary school session: Thursday 21 October at 4pm-5.15pm
Prices Free

This December sees the scheduled launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the largest and most powerful space telescope ever built and launched into space. 

JWST will allow astronomers to study the first galaxies that formed after the Big Bang, we’ll be able to see stars forming inside vast clouds of gas and dust and we’ll learn more about the atmospheres of exoplanets and may just even find the building blocks of life elsewhere in the Universe.  

The astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich are excited about this upcoming launch and the science we’ll be able to do with the JWST, and we think the upcoming launch presents a great opportunity to get your students excited about astronomy and space science. 

The James Webb Space Telescope surrounded by yellow hexagonal mirrors
Credit: NASA/Goddard/Rebecca Roth

Content of the sessions

We will be hosting two special online CPD sessions, one for primary and one for secondary, aimed at individual teachers or groups up to 5. 

In the primary session, we’ll be looking at common misconceptions in astronomy and space science and we’ll discuss the correct science behind them. 

In our secondary session, we’ll explore how you can use the context of astronomy to teach science in a more engaging way. 

Both sessions will include a discussion about the JWST and we’ll share some brilliant JWST-related resources with you that you can use in the classroom. 

Book your place

The sessions will be run online via Zoom from 4:00 – 5:15pm, with the primary session taking place on Monday 18 October 2021 and the secondary session on Thursday 21 October 2021.  

Spaces are limited so reserve your place now! 

Register for the primary session here

Register for the secondary session here

If you have any questions about the sessions or would like to enquire about our other teacher training offerings, please contact 

Banner image: A rare view of the James Webb Space Telescope face-on, from the NASA Goddard cleanroom observation window. NASA Goddard

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