From last November 8th to 13th, ExploraScience and Prof. Emmanuel Rollinde held a series of after-school programs related to the Human Orrery with some local schools in Quy Nhon.

Measurement activity made directly on the Human Orrery by Prof. Rollinde and students from the Physics Department of Quy Nhon University.

Human Orrery is an educational tool, composed of a human-scale planetary map printed on a hard or soft material, developed by Prof. Emmanuel Rollinde – the President of F-HOU (France Hands-on Universe). Originally an astrophysicist, he has recently re-oriented his research in science of education. Basically, he focuses on using astronomy as well as enacted activities so that students could practice and combine many Maths and Physics skills. It is a honor for ExploraScience to be introduced to Prof. Rollinde by Prof. Roger Ferlet, who is also a scientist, and did come to Quy Nhon to organise a conference at the International Center of Interdisciplinary Science Education (ICISE).

After more than 8 months working with ExploraScience by correspondance, on November 8th, Prof. Rollinde finally set foot on Quy Nhon, Vietnam to set a milestone in our plan.

The series of Prof. Rollinde’s after-school programs included 3 sessions in which students directly played on the Human Orrery (Vo Van Dung primary school, Kim Dong primary school, and Quy Nhon University), 1 seminar with students from Physics Department of Quy Nhon University, and another hands-on session on computers with some selected students from previous activities.

Prof. Rollinde and ExploraScience organised outdoor activities for children of Kim Dong primary school

Prof. Rollinde asked a pupil to act as Mercury.

The happiness still lasts on the children’s face even though the lesson was ended.

Prof. Rollinde shared his own approach when explaining Kepler’s laws as well as their applicable cases outside the Solar system.

After having selected a group of excellent students by a quick test, on Sunday, November 11th, Prof. Rollinde presented some advanced astrophysics methods using SalsaJ, a simple software that astrophysicists could really use to analyse the data collected from observations.

We hope that ExploraScience will open in no time, to welcome Prof. Rollinde back with other equally impassioned activities to contribute to the development of ExploraScience. ExploraScience will continue to deploy these series of activities to more schools in Quy Nhon as well as in other places in Vietnam, so that more teachers and students can experience the benefit of enacted approach in science education and adopt this approach in their own styles.

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