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Project ThaiPASS: international outreach blending astronomy and Python

Keegans, James D.; Stancliffe, Richard J.; Bilton, Lawrence E.; Cashmore, Claire R; Gibson, Brad K; Kristensen, Mikkel Theiss; Lawson, Thomas V; Pignatari, Marco; Vaezzadeh, Iraj; Côté, Benoit; Chongchitnan, Siri

Authors

James D. Keegans

Richard J. Stancliffe

Lawrence E. Bilton

Claire R Cashmore

Mikkel Theiss Kristensen

Thomas V Lawson

Iraj Vaezzadeh

Benoit Côté

Siri Chongchitnan



Abstract

We present our outreach program, the Thailand–UK Python+Astronomy Summer School (ThaiPASS), a collaborative project comprising UK and Thai institutions and assess its impact and possible application to schools in the United Kingdom. Since its inception in 2018, the annual ThaiPASS has trained around 60 Thai high-school students in basic data handling skills using Python in the context of various astronomy topics, using current research from the teaching team. Our impact assessment of the 5 day summer schools shows an overwhelmingly positive response from students in both years, with over 80% of students scoring the activities above average in all activities but one. We use this data to suggest possible future improvements. We also discuss how ThaiPASS may inspire further outreach and engagement activities within the UK and beyond.

Citation

Cashmore, C. R., Gibson, B. K., Lawson, T. V., Keegans, J. D., Stancliffe, R. J., Bilton, L. E., …Chongchitnan, S. (2021). Project ThaiPASS: international outreach blending astronomy and Python. Physics Education, 56(3), https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6552/abdae7

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 12, 2021
Online Publication Date Feb 11, 2021
Publication Date 2021-05
Deposit Date Feb 20, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 24, 2021
Journal Physics Education
Print ISSN 0031-9120
Electronic ISSN 1361-6552
Publisher IOP Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 56
Issue 3
Article Number 035001
DOI https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6552/abdae7
Keywords General Physics and Astronomy; Education
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/3726484
Additional Information Article Title: Project ThaiPASS: international outreach blending astronomy and Python; Journal Title: Physics Education; Article Type: paper; Copyright Information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd; Date Received: 2020-11-09; Date Accepted: 2021-01-12; Online publication date: 2021-02-11

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