Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Individuals - register to use our resources

Just £15 for a year, or £20 for 2 years. Great value if you are studying the GCSE Astronomy course.  Our www.starlearner.com website offers -

the full GCSE Astronomy e-textbook
            (as recommended on the examination board website)
guides for practical work to download
practice calculations - with worked answers
monthly guides for viewing the night sky
viewing guides to help see meteor showers, planets, comets...
topics on a wide range of subjects including the death of the dinosaurs to famous astronomers

and much more...

All our resources are updated regularly, so you are using the very latest information.

Drop us an email and we will help you to get started straight away.

New lower price - School registration

The annual registration for schools is now £75.  The school registration allows ALL staff and ALL students access to the www.starlearner.com website whilst at school and from home.  Schools who want to help just a few students with their Astronomy can get each student to register as individuals - see our separate post for individuals.  We have the full GCSE Astronomy e-textbook (recommended on the Edexcel website), a full BTEC Astronomy e-textbook and other support work including a range of topics for Astronomy -

Dinosaurs - Death by Meteorite
Exoplanets and Extraterrestrial Life
Impacts in the Solar System
                                                        and plenty more -

Monthly night sky guides
Timetables for the GCSE Astronomy course
Practice calculation questions (with worked answers for teachers)
Skylab - our practical centre with experiments to download
Viewing guides to see meteor showers, planets, comets, eclipses...

We are also available to answer any queries from staff as part of our work.  David is a moderator for the GCSE Astronomy course.  Also, David has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and regularly runs teacher training courses in Astronomy/Astrophysics. 

For a school registration, we would just need the Astronomy teacher to provide the following:-

Your name and preferred email contact address

Full school name, address and telephone contact number
A User Name and Password for your login

On receipt of these details, we issue an invoice (which we ask to be paid within 28 days) and set up access to the www.starlearner.com website for you straight away - so you can get your course up and running immediately - you do not have to wait for the finance department to make the payment.

We look forward to assisting you with your Astronomy.

Newly designed website on the way

A fresh new look to the starlearner.com website is on the way.  This will link well with the new way we are offering our work to both schools and individuals.  Check out our posts for the lower prices - offering even better value for money.  Also, we are currently preparing the e-textbook for the next syllabus for the redesigned GCSE Astronomy course - due to begin in September 2017 and be first examined in summer 2019.  Our e-textbook will be available online from the day Edexcel launch the new syllabus.  We will keep you posted.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Starlearner @ The Norman Lockyer Observatory

A good day on Saturday at the Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth - 
Meeting up with Starlearners as they wrote up their controlled assessments.
Well done to Theo, Africa and Rosanna for your efforts and Kathleen for your support -
Good to meet up with Radio Astronomers, Chris (seen in the 'office'), Ian and Clive.  
An impressive show of the meteor spotting that is carried out at the Observatory -

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Northern Lights success!

Our cruise, as Guest Speaker, on board Magellan - Land of the Northern Lights was very successful.  The Northern Lights performed.  It was such a privilege to be asked by Cruise and Maritime Voyages to give talks on Astronomy and meet so many wonderful people.  Thank you to Cruise Director Jon and the team.  Jon's enthusiasm for seeing the Northern Lights was fantastic and he maintained his 100% success rate of seeing them on Cruise and Maritime Voyages!  Great fun!

Christina, who ran brilliant craft sessions with Isabel, made us laugh with her email to us today:-
Well they say you never appreciate what is on your doorstep and last night I found that to be true.
My Son came in at 10:45 last night and asked if I’d looked out of the window...Now who looks out of the window on a cold night at that time I ask you?...Ooops sorry...You do David! He proceeded to open the curtains to show me a faint green tinge to the sky...Come on Mam get your coat on we are going to the beach! Well I was wrapped up with more clothes than I wore in the Arctic Circle and off we went in the car half a mile to the local beach and there in the blackness of the sky was an amazing display of the Aurora Borealis. Colours from green to purple, pink and blue but unfortunately by the time we got the cameras (my cheap one and my Son’s hugely more expensive one) set up most of the colours had diminished.

The shooting star in the last one just is amazing!  Well done Christina.  One of the brilliant advantages of living in Northumberland.