Visnjan Observatory runs two types of projects. The first is designed for teachers, and the other one is intended for students.
During teaching seminars, we are trying to develop creative ways of learning and improving classroom methodology, as well as broaden teachers' knowledge in advanced science. The student workshops include astronomy, physics, biology, and chemistry, and we are working on adding more scientific fields.We plan one day to have a real interdisciplinary youth research center at Visnjan. For now, one of the main student events is Visnjan's Summer School of Astronomy.
Here, youngsters, ranging from the elementary school to college, work on challenging projects, side by side with recognized scientists. The relaxed atmosphere encourages communication between the students and the experts, and it results in high-quality results. Some of these results get presented in science competitions and even get published.
The study of small bodies of the Solar System is a major research topicat Visnjan. In addition, students get involved in telescope construction, automatization technology, data analysis, and storage software.
All of this develops analytical thinking and sparks one's imagination. We hope this gives a good starting point for science enthusiasts or even future scientists.