Observatory to Open in Ulyanovsk Gymnasium №1 Next Year

On 3 September, Governor Sergey Morozov inspected facilities of the future planetarium and instructed to prepare all documents necessary to carry out major repairs.


"We must completely upgrade the observatory of Gymnasium No.1 by next year. I request to prepare a Governor's order according to which the planetarium should be opened in this school by the next academic year. Modern digital equipment will be purchased and a separate class will be created for this purpose. Not only pupils of Gymnasium No.1, but also students from other educational establishments will be able to visit the new observatory," - Sergey Morozov said.

In addition, the head of the region instructed Ekaterina Uba, First Deputy Chairman of the Government, to develop a concept for the future venue based on other regions' best experience. According to the headmaster of Gymnasium No.1 Alexey Klokov, earlier the school had an observatory with a telescope and a dome, but over time the equipment had become too old and the room was no longer used.

“By the beginning of the next  academic year (2020-2021) we will repair the observatory and equip it with the latest equipment. I would like to thank Sergey Ivanovich for such a gift. I am sure that the observatory will be very popular not only among pupils of our gymnasium, but also among children from all over the region and even guests from other places,” - Alexey Klokov added.

In 2017, it was announced that astronomy would be included in the school curriculum. The Federal Ministry of Education had developed the required guidelines. They state that astronomy shall be introduced as the right conditions are created in educational organizations.

“Now pupils study astronomy in all schools of the Ulyanovsk region; it is a mandatory subject. The classes are taught by Physics teachers who have received additional training. Today astronomy has been included in the curriculum for high school pupils. In accordance with recommendations of the federal agency, the educational establishment itself decides how it should be taught. It can be both a separate subject and extra classes,” - explained Natalia Semyonova, Minister of Education and Science of the region.