Missie Maan (Mission Moon, in English) will bring rocket scientists and school children together from the 8th to 11th of December. Before school starts kids can view the Moon and starry sky from their schoolyard with the help of telescopes and astronomer volunteers.
Educators get in touch with volunteers who will then come by schools with a telescope and a story. It's also possible for those who'd like to to make their own telescope. In this way students can directly compare what they see through their own telescope and through the 'real' telescope.Missie Maan is a unique experience for everyone: students, educators and volunteers alike. The whole school can participate, but teachers can also sign up with a single class.
In support of this event, lesson materials are available at no cost. The materials are appropriate for varying levels of students in elementary school. Students can also create a project piece with which they can participate in a national contest with exciting prizes.
Missie Maan is organised by a large group of organisations involved in space and astronomy education. It occurs as part of the International Year of Astronomy IYA2009. The Netherlands Space Office is one of Missie Maan's partners.
Woud you like to participate? Visit www.missiemaan.nl (The site is only in Dutch, but pictures are multi-lingual!)