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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


James D. Keegans

Richard J. Stancliffe

Brad K Gibson

Mikkel Theiss Kristensen

Thomas V Lawson

Marco Pignatari

Iraj Vaezzadeh

Benoit Côté

Siri Chongchitnan


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.


Keegans, J. D., Stancliffe, R. J., Bilton, L. E., Cashmore, C. R., Gibson, B. K., Kristensen, M. T., …Chongchitnan, S. (2021). Project ThaiPASS: international outreach blending astronomy and Python. Physics Education, 56(3), Article 035001.

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
Keywords General Physics and Astronomy; Education
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