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Serol is an interactive web experience that allows children to explore the Universe with robotic telescopes.

SEROL's Cosmic Explorers

Cardiff, UK
Serol takes children on a journey through our Galaxy, so they can see all the wonders it has to offer and have the opportunity to study them. They use the Las Cumbres Observatory robotic telescopes to observe a host of cosmic wonders, from comets and planets in our Solar System to galaxies millions of light years away, and practise scientific skills while studying them.
Introduction

About Serol

“Use our robotic telescopes to observe a host of cosmic wonders, from comets and planets in our Solar System to galaxies millions of light years away”

Edward Gomez, Las Cumbres Observatory Education Programme Director

Serol will take you on a journey through our Galaxy, so you can see all the wonders it has to offer and have the opportunity to study them.

With the help of Serol, you’ll use our robotic telescopes to observe a host of cosmic wonders, from comets and planets in our Solar System to galaxies millions of light years away.

The journey to become a cosmic explorer is made up of three missions, each one including a series of challenges:

  1.     Get to know your cosmic neighbours
  2.     The life and times of stars
  3.     The Universe at large

As well as observing with robotic telescopes, you will learn how to analyse the images like a real astronomer, and you’ll have the chance carry out your own investigations — will you will be the person to make a new discovery about our galactic neighbours?

For every challenge you complete, you’ll earn an exclusive badge to prove you’ve mastered a new skill and gone up a level on your way to becoming a cosmic explorer. To conquer a mission, you’ll need to collect all five challenge badges, you’ll then be awarded one of three unique mission patches.

As you earn them, your badges and mission patches will appear on your My Progress page, where you can download them to share with your friends and family.

When you have collected all three mission patches, you can finally declare yourself a real Cosmic Explorer!

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Innovation Overview
6 - 14
Age Group
-
Children/Users
6
Countries
2017
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
175
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Tips for implementation
2-minute video showing how to use Serol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq9dr9ICOl8
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Edward Gomez
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Serol at teacher event in Eastern Australia
Serol at HundrED Education village

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01
Register for an account
Go to the Serol website and register for an account so you can use Las Cumbres Observatory's robotic telescopes.
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02
Watch our introductory video
Watch a short animated video that follows Serol the robot as it learns how to observe the stars and builds a brand new network of telescopes.
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03
Select a target to observe
Start your first challenge, "Get to know planets", by selecting a planet to observe.
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04
Analyse your observation
Explore your observation and check how much you've learned
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05
Earn every mission patch!
For every mission and challenge completed, you'll earn a unique mission patch.
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06
Video Game
While you wait for your image to be taken Serol's robotic telescope friends, play this video game and help Serol collect requests!
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