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iSky: Smart Measurements of the Heavens and the determination of position with smartphones (iStage 2)

iSky: Die Vermessung des Himmels und Positionsbestimmung mit dem Smartphone (iStage 2)

We see the stars every night and know they are far away, but it is hard to understand what a light year really means. The teaching unit ‘iSky: Smart Measurements of the Heavens’ inspires students to investigate the stars. Using various apps of their smartphones the students learn how to orientate themselves based on the night sky, how to measure the altitude of the sun or how to calculate the circumference of the earth.

For this teaching unit the students should be at an age between 14 and 18 years, for certain knowledge in information and communication technology, maths, geography and astronomy is presumed.

The project is taken from the brochure ‘iStage 2: Smartphones in Science Teaching’ from the topic ‘eyes’. The complete brochure can be ordered free of charge (Mail to or downloaded. It was developed by 20 teachers from 14 countries around Europe. The project was proudly supported by SAP.

Writers: Philippe Jeanjaquot (FR), Gerhard Rath (AT), Corina Toma (RO), Zbigniew Trzmiel (PL) | Publisher: Science on Stage Deutschland | License: Creative Commons

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