Summer School Programme
SAAO Summer School
The aim of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Summer School is to introduce the NASSP Honours students to an array of topics in astronomy and space science through numerous hands-on activities and practical experiences. The programme focusses on three main topics, namely "Practical Astronomy" (including an Introductory Astronomy course, Planetarium sessions, observing evenings and computer-based exercises), "Rocketry and Space Flight" (including lectures, as well as the building and launching of model rockets) and "Robotics and Planetary Exploration" (introducing computer programming through the use of robotic LEGO rovers). Visits to a range of scientifically interesting facilities are also included in the schedule. All activities involve some degree of assessment and participants should realise that the quality of their Summer School experience will depend on the amount of effort they are prepared to invest. While the three weeks will be extremely busy, it should be a lot of fun!
HMO Summer School
The Hermanus Magnetic Observatory (HMO) will host a summer school for the NASSP Hons students at the beginning of each year. The aim of the HMO Summer School: Introduction to Space Physics is to introduce the NASSP Honours students to a number of topics in space science through lectures, tutorials and practical experiences.
The summer school will include lectures, videos, and internet sessions in order to give NASSP students an introduction to the Earth's space environment. Topics will include:
- Basic concepts in space plasma physics.
- Structure and variations of the Earth's magnetic field.
- The sun, solar activity, and the solar wind.
- Structure of the ionosphere and plasmasphere.
- Structure and dynamics of the magnetosphere.
- The effects of space weather on man's technological systems.