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Students will learn when and how the Earth came into being, what the Universe is made of and much more.

Within the World Space Week an online course was launched on the Moscow Electronic School platform “Astronomy”… The materials are designed for high school students, but will also be useful for teachers of physics and astronomy.

New lessons are published every week in the MES library. Classes are now available on the following topics: “Planet Earth, or Our Cosmic Home”, “Measuring distances in space, or the Cosmic Ladder of Distances”, “Dark Matter, or What the Universe is Made of”, “Astrobiology, or the Search for Life in the Universe”. And in the videos “Questions to an expert” the director of the A.E. Fersman of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Pavel Plechov and Professor of the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov Nikolai Koronovsky talk about the formation of the planet.

According to Stepan Sannikov, project manager for the creation of electronic courses “The World Around” and “Astronomy”, the materials will help make school lessons more interesting and memorable. Electronic lessons demonstrate the connection between astronomy and other subjects.

“We made the course simple, straightforward, but fun. The videos contain interactive elements with which it is convenient to explain the structure of the Universe. It is also important to note that all course materials can be used not only for self-study, but also by teachers in the classroom, ”Stepan Sannikov noted.

The course was prepared by methodologists Center for Excellence together with specialists from leading scientific astronomical institutions – the State Astronomical Institute named after P.K. Sternberg (Lomonosov Moscow State University), the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Library “MESh” is a service of the project “Moscow Electronic School”, developed by the city Department of Education and Science together with Department of Information Technologies of Moscow… The library contains more than 49 thousand lesson scripts and over 4.7 thousand video lessons, about 1600 electronic study guides, 348 textbooks, over 124 thousand educational interactive applications, seven unique virtual laboratories in physics and mathematics, 245 works of fiction, as well as a huge number test items corresponding to the content of the OGE and USE, and much more.

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