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Transition Year Week

Applications for the October 2024 TY week will open on the 26th of August 2024.

The October TY week will take place from Monday 21st – Friday 25th October 2024.



On Monday students will get a tour of the observatory buildings and grounds before being given an overview of the plan for the week. Team building exercises will give the students time to get to know each other before being split into their research project groups. They will have time to select the topic of their project before starting some research.


Day 2 will begin with the introduction of the EM spectrum and a series of tasks to explore the effects of radiation at different wavelengths. Students will also explore the topic of magnetism and how it relates to Earth and other planets.


Day 3 will focus on meteors and meteor detection. Students will use triangulation to investigate how we use triangulation to determine the location of a meteor. Time will also be set aside for students to work on their group research projects.


The final full day will focus on the Sun and space weather. Students will be introduced to some of the projects that the solar physicists in the observatory work on. The second half of the day will be dedicated to the group research project.


Students will take part in a telescope workshop in the morning before putting the finishing touches to their group projects. In the afternoon the students and their families and friends will be invited to the observatory for the presentation of the group research projects.

Please not that we do not offer Transition Year work experience placements at the Observatory.