Message from Stefan Amberg (skip
I have evaluated your application documents and I am happy to inform you that you qualify to become IAAC ambassador - congratulations! Now you have the opportunity and power to inspire students for astronomy in the name of IAAC and to bring this astronomy competition to your country. This message contains all the important information, some information documents, and your certificate.
Important: First Steps
The deadline is 14. April 2019 - you find a list of possible activities/steps you can do as IAAC ambassador to motivate students and to spread IAAC in your school, university, region, or even country here: Ambassador Activities. Here are some of the activities:
General Information about IAAC
- Share IAAC with your friends, family, and on social media!
- Present IAAC in class, in your school, in student networks.
- Talk with your teachers, principles, etc. about IAAC.
- Start an after-school astronomy group or club.
- Host an astronomy workshop with IAAC problems.
- Post IAAC on the school/university website, blog, etc.
- Inform other local institutions (e.g. newspaper) about IAAC.
- Use your leadership skills to form a local astronomy or IAAC group or club.
- Spread IAAC posters in your school and other institutes in your region.
- Collaborate with other local schools, universities, or student clubs.
As official ambassador, you will be the contact person for questions etc. from students in your region. In case you receive questions about IAAC, you find most answers in our general information flyer (see here
). Here is a list of the most important points that make this competition unique:
- Internationality: The International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition is a global competition from the first round! All participants solve the same problems in every round: This enables a fair evaluation and international exchange.
- Online Submission: The competition uses the possibilities of the modern internet to give all students the opportunity to participate regardless of nation, region, school, or affiliation. Every student may participate on his own - there is no affiliation of your school or teacher to IAAC required to participate in this competition.
- Research Problems: The pre-final round includes two research problem types that only exists in the IAAC competition: It requires participants to get in touch with real scientific research papers and learn about recent scientific results in order to solve the problems. They encourage students for more advanced science and give them insights into actual research material.
- Teacher Support and Online Tools: We supply teachers and schools with further materials and the online teacher interface that allows teachers to better use the IAAC probalems in class. We also generate performance reports to each individual student.
In order to make this opportunity on an international level possible, we ask the participants of the pre-final round (optional) to cover the registration costs of 8 USD. The registration costs are necessary to provide the resources for individual evaluation of this competition. You find more information on this necessary step here: Registration Costs Flyer
Information for Teachers and Schools
Teachers and schools are invited to share this opportunity with their students to make talented students in particular benefit from IAAC. Feel free to inform schools in your region or country about the IAAC opportunity. There are also special school awards. You find more information here: Teacher Flyer
Your Certificate, Ambassador Page, and IAAC Email
Ambassadors can participate in the competition too, however, being ambassador does not give you any "extra points" or privileges. To verify that you are an official IAAC ambassador and operate in the name of IAAC, you find an ambassador certificate here
. You also have a professional IAAC email (@amb.iaac.space). All emails that are sent to this address will be forwarded to your normal email. We still have to activate the email - this will happen in the next days and we will notify you. Furthermore, you have a personal ambassador page and are listed on our team page: www.iaac.space/
Ambassador Interface Login (Important!)
You can now log into the ambassador online interface (here www.iaac.space/ambassadors
). When students submit their solutions, they can select "Your Ambassador" at the submission form. This gives you the possibility to check how many students you encouraged to participate. Make sure to inform the students to select your name! Also, you can add "Activities" at the ambassador interface and upload pictures of your activities: This helps us to see your activities and commitment. (Note: We will also use the number of students that selected you as ambassador and
your uploaded activities for the special ambassador awards.)
I wish you everything best in your first time as official IAAC ambassador and in your mission to spread IAAC! Please upload any interesting progress or activities at the ambassador online interface and tell me about any feedback you get from students, teachers, and others. I am very excited to see what you can achieve!
Public Relations Manager