School Of Science & Technology
Hellenic Open University
The microNet (μNet) project is funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) to serve as a Research and Innovation Hub in Educcation under the emblematic Action "Science and Society". μNet aims to popularize science, disseminate scientific knowledge into the broader society, as well as to develop a wider research culture in Greece.
The μNet project aspires for the development and long-term operation of a Greek school network of educational cosmic ray telescopes that will be installed at high school laboratories in the geographical region of Peloponnese. In addition, the project includes the development of remotely operated experimental devices and the utilization of the Hellenic Open University (HOU) extensive air shower array (Astroneu array), in order to provide access to any high school, independently of its geographical position.
The building blocks of the μNet project is the portable and low-cost cosmic ray telescope (μCosmics) that was designed and constructed by the Physics Laboratory of HOU along with novel educational activities that were developed using the μCosmics detector.
The schools that will operate in situ autonomous air shower detection systems, as well as the schools that will operate remotely the Astroneu stations and the HOU experimental setups will constitute the μNet network, the 1st Greek school network of educational cosmic ray telescopes. Milestones
Following the 2 succesful summer schools that took place at the campus of HOU in 2018 and 2019, a pilot run of the μNet project started in 2020 where 5 schools were involved from the perfecture of Achaea advancing the distance learning activities and remote laboratory methodologies. In 2021 the project entered Phase I where 3 telescopes were installed at 3 high schools in Patras and more then 20 schools from Greece attended the distant education program operating the Cosmic Ray detection stations deployed at the Physics Laboratory of HOU.