Astro Book Drive<br />Sharing materials to improve astronomy education globally<br />ThilinaHeenatigala<br />Founder<br />...
Pilot Project: Sri Lanka Book Drive 2006 – Boston University Astronomy Department.<br />Founded in September 2009 by Thili...
a global initiative to share astronomy materials with developing countries to improve astronomy education. <br />materials...
Old School method?<br />
Process	<br />Sources from developed world<br />Groups from developing world<br />Astro Book Drive<br />
Book Drives<br />Mozambique Book Drive: <br />Mozambique Astro Club – Girl Scouts from CA, USA<br />Jamaican Book Drive:<b...
Book Drives<br />Côte d’Ivoire Book Drive:<br />Ivoir’Astro - EurAstro<br />Afghanistan Book Drive:<br />Afghanistan Astro...
Upcoming Book Drives<br />Maldives Book Drive:<br />Maldives Science Society – South Asian Physics Society<br />Indonesian...
Best uses…<br />Citizen Sky<br />School Teaching<br />Reading materials for Astronomy Undergraduate and Post-doc courses<b...
Taking it further…<br />UNAWE, GTTP, Remote Telescope, Dark Sky Awareness, etc…<br />
Affiliations<br />Astronomers Without Borders<br />EurAstro<br />
Astro Book Drive is an IYA2009 Special Project!<br />http://www.astronomy2009.org/globalprojects/specialprojects/astrobook...
Contact<br />ThilinaHeenatigala.<br />thilina.heenatigala@yahoo.com<br />http://astrodrive.lakdiva.net/<br />
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Astro Book Drive serves as a global initiative to share astronomy materials with developing countries to improve astronomy education. The materials are donated by astronomy related groups from wealthy countries. These materials are used towards teaching and conducting programs for students, teachers and public. As a result of running book drives, groups build a special bridge between them which leads up to various other programs as well.

Session: SPS6: New Trends in Global Astronomy Education

Conference: Joint European and National Astronomy Meeting (JENAM) 2010

Venue: Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal

Dates: 6 - 10 September 2010

Published in: Technology, Education
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Astro Book Drive - sharing materials to improve astronomy education

  1. 1. Astro Book Drive<br />Sharing materials to improve astronomy education globally<br />ThilinaHeenatigala<br />Founder<br />Astro Book Drive<br />SPS6: JENAM2010<br />Lisbon, Portugal.<br />
  2. 2. Pilot Project: Sri Lanka Book Drive 2006 – Boston University Astronomy Department.<br />Founded in September 2009 by ThilinaHeenatigala and Prof. John Clarke (Boston University).<br />
  3. 3. a global initiative to share astronomy materials with developing countries to improve astronomy education. <br />materials are donated by astronomy related groups from wealthy countries. <br />materials are used towards teaching and conducting programs for students, teachers and public. <br />as a result of running book drives, groups build a special bridge between them which leads up to various other programs as well.<br />
  4. 4. Old School method?<br />
  5. 5. Process <br />Sources from developed world<br />Groups from developing world<br />Astro Book Drive<br />
  6. 6. Book Drives<br />Mozambique Book Drive: <br />Mozambique Astro Club – Girl Scouts from CA, USA<br />Jamaican Book Drive:<br />Jamaica Astronomical Association – Royal Astronomical Society of Canada<br />Rwanda Book Drive:<br />Rwanda IYA2009 – Australia IYA2009<br />
  7. 7. Book Drives<br />Côte d’Ivoire Book Drive:<br />Ivoir’Astro - EurAstro<br />Afghanistan Book Drive:<br />Afghanistan Astronomical Association – StarPals Organization<br />Tanzania Book Drive:<br />UNAWE-Tanzania – Greater Portland Astronomical Society. USA.<br />Ghana Book Drive:<br />Ghana Planetarium – Cornell University Astronomy Department<br />
  8. 8.
  9. 9. Upcoming Book Drives<br />Maldives Book Drive:<br />Maldives Science Society – South Asian Physics Society<br />Indonesian Book Drive:<br />Langitselatan – Various<br />Cameroon Book Drive:– University of California- Berkeley<br />Zambia Book Drive:- University of California- Berkeley<br />Uganda Book Drive - University of California- Berkeley<br />
  10. 10. Best uses…<br />Citizen Sky<br />School Teaching<br />Reading materials for Astronomy Undergraduate and Post-doc courses<br />
  11. 11. Taking it further…<br />UNAWE, GTTP, Remote Telescope, Dark Sky Awareness, etc…<br />
  12. 12. Affiliations<br />Astronomers Without Borders<br />EurAstro<br />
  13. 13. Astro Book Drive is an IYA2009 Special Project!<br />http://www.astronomy2009.org/globalprojects/specialprojects/astrobookdrive/<br />
  14. 14. Contact<br />ThilinaHeenatigala.<br />thilina.heenatigala@yahoo.com<br />http://astrodrive.lakdiva.net/<br />

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