The Training Course on Earth and Space Science 2016

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The regular Training Course on Earth and Space Science, held from 19 to 28 July 216, has ended. The participants from 8 countries attended the course and succesfully completed it. The countries that sent their teachers and education personnel were Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Meanwhile the Indonesian teachers who participated in the course were those who have passed the selection process.

In this training course, the participants got new knowledge about earth and space science that could be implemented in their teaching. The resource persons in this training course were from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) and Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) who specialised in earth and space research. They were Prof Bambang Hidayat, Prof Taufiq Hidayat, and Dr Irwan Meilano.

Beside learning in the class, the participants also visited the Geology Museum and the Bosscha Observatory. In the Geology Museum, they observed the historical view of Indonesia, fossils, rocks, as well as simulated an earthquake. Then in their visit to the oldest observatory in Indonesia, the Bosscha Observatory, they got the chance not only to look around but also to get into the observatory. There, the observatory staff explained how to observe stars using the famous double telescope in Indonesia. Afterwards, they observed the sun shining brightly that day.

The participants visited the earth and space science laboratoty in Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) too. In the laboratory, they were taught how to use earth and space science instruments. Interestingly, at night they also had the opportunities to observe stars using telescopes and counted the movement of the stars or planets.

Finally before they departed to their homelands, they arranged a cultural night. They performed their traditional cultures and invited other participants to join their performances. The night was full of joy and everyone would miss the moment.

As additional information, two participants of the Training Course on Earth and Space Science were actually the winners of the Innovation on Inquiry Based Learning through Solar Eclipse Observation competition organised by the Centre. They were Mr Suhadi who won the first prize and Mr Budi Sriyanto who won the second prize. Meanwhile the third winner, Mr M Miftakhul Falah, joined the Environmental Education for Sustainable Development Training Course held in the same time and same venue as the Eearth and Space Science Training Course. The winners were inaugurated in the opening ceremony of the Training Courses.