Our Solar Siblings. A high school focussed robotic telescope-based astronomy education project.

  • Michael T Fitzgerald Edith Cowan University
  • David H McKinnon Edith Cowan University
  • Lena Danaia Charles Sturt University
  • Ross Cutts St Paul's Grammar School, Edith Cowan University
  • Saeed Salimpour Deakin University
  • Mariana Sacchi Our Solar Siblings


In this paper, a robotic telescope-centric high-school level astronomy education project, Our Solar Siblings (OSS) is outlined. The project, an LCO official education partner, was formed as an institution-independent non-profit collaboration of volunteers officially in 2014, although the first version of the curriculum materials and approach was initially first designed in 2010. We outline the five goals of the project and the three approaches (formal classroom, independent student research and providing support to similar endeavours) we implement to try and achieve these goals. The curriculum materials, a central part of the project, are outlined as are their connections to various curriculum. The independent research project aspect and recent activity is presented. The article concludes with a brief update on the OSS evaluation which drives the educational design and the project’s future directions as of 2017.