Summer seminar of Wars and Sawa has been organised for the second time by the Copernicus Science Centre and the Warsaw Centre for Socio-Educational Innovation and Training (WCIES). The Wars and Sawa programme is a system of support for gifted children launched by the Education Section of the Warsaw Municipal Office. As many as 150 programme leaders – teachers of junior and upper high schools – came to the centre.
The meeting was opened by a lecture by Doctor Stanisław Bajtlik (astrophysicist, researcher at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences) entitled „Is there life beyond Earth?“. Later, in the planetarium, teachers watched the “Sky over Warsaw” show and “We are Astronomers”, got acquainted with the rich programme of the Heavens of Copernicus for June and took part in a panel discussion entitled “Close Encounters of the Third Kind, i.e. what does astronomy teach us”. Barbara Dłużewska (teacher of physics from the Czacki Liceum in Warszawa) spoke about the extraordinary experience related to conducting an astronomical club in the school and about the discovery of a planetoid made by the students. This year’s seminar was also the opportunity to meet the creators and presenters of our planetarium.
Astronomy is one of the few sciences in which measurable, scientifically proven publications appear simultaneously with works of amateurs. It is worth to observe the sky! Enthusiastic students have the opportunity to discover a comet by themselves, find extrasolar planets or select landing sites for future Mars missions.