What is the National Schools' Observatory?
The NSO provides educational resources to help with the challenging task of teaching science, technology and mathematics in the classroom environment. It has long been known that astronomy creates a sense of excitement and wonder in pupils of all ages. The NSO taps into that interest to further the pupil's knowledge of science and mathematics, while at the same time improve computer literacy and communications skills, strengthen critical thinking and provide experience the real-world application of science and technology.
Although NSO supports the teaching of STEM subjects one of the main resources on offer is access to the Liverpool Telescope which is sited on the island of La Palma.
Through our website we provide extensive resources for using the telescope and then processing and analysing the resulting images. A number of projects and activities are available that incorporate the us of data from our telescope, and for those wishing to dive straight in without waiting for their own images to be returned from the telescope there are a lot of archive files available.