Carla Isabel Ribeiro

Escola Artística Soares dos Reis, Porto, Portugal

Carla Isabel Ribeiro teaches chemistry and physics at Portuguese state schools, and is particularly interested in astronomy. She has taught students ranging in age from 13 to 18.

Carla is an active use of ISE resources and participates regularly in ISE activities in Portugal. She also submitted an entry to the 2014-2015 Learning with Light competition, which was considered to be one of the top 5 entries to the competition by the judges. As a finalist, Carla took part in the Science on Stage festival in London on 17-20 June 2015 where the overall winner of the competition was announced.

Stellarium simulation of the configuration of Jupiter and the Galilean moon on the 7th of January 1610
Graph arcsin (x/A) = f (t) for the moon Europa - Graph sin (x/A) = f (t) for the moon Ganymede

Learning with Light competition entry

Carla’s entry to the competition is called " The moons of Galileo Galilei". Describing her entry Carla says: 

The project was challenging because it is inquiry-based. Its originality lies in using an example of the SHM in the context of Astronomy, something that isn’t usually done. This gave the students a lot of freedom but it made it more demanding since they had to work without the professor’s guidelines, so they needed to figure out how to gather and work the data to arrive to a conclusion.
Overall, they enjoyed the challenge and working on the project.

Carla used the free open source planetarium Stellarium as a resource to obtain the necessary data for her entry. It is available at: http://www.inspiringscience.eu/showcases/stellarium.

Carla also submitted another entry to the competition called "Distances in the universe", which was given a Highly Commended award in recognition of the high quality of her entry.