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Presentation at 11th Asian-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting (APRIM2011) – Chiang Mai, Thailand. 26 – 29 July 2011

Presentation at 11th Asian-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting (APRIM2011) – Chiang Mai, Thailand. 26 – 29 July 2011

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    • Astro Book Drive
      sharing materials to improve astronomy education in developing countries
      ThilinaHeenatigala
      Founder - Astro Book Drive
      Session 8: Astronomy Education and Popularization of Astronomy.
      11th Asian-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting, Chiang Mai, Thailand. July 26-29, 2011
    • Pilot Project: Sri Lanka Book Drive 2006 – Boston University Astronomy Department.
      Founded in September 2009 by ThilinaHeenatigala and Prof. John Clarke (Boston University).
    • a global initiative to share astronomy materials with developing countries to improve astronomy education.
      materials are donated by astronomy related groups from wealthy countries.
      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.
    • Old School method?
      VS.
    • Process
      Sources from developed world
      Groups from developing world
      Astro Book Drive
    • Book Drives
      Mozambique Book Drive:
      Mozambique Astro Club – Girl Scouts from CA, USA
      Jamaican Book Drive:
      Jamaica Astronomical Association – Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
      Rwanda Book Drive:
      Rwanda IYA2009 – Australia IYA2009
    • Book Drives
      Côte d’Ivoire Book Drive:
      Ivoir’Astro - EurAstro
      Afghanistan Book Drive:
      Afghanistan Astronomical Association – StarPals Organization
      Tanzania Book Drive:
      UNAWE-Tanzania – Greater Portland Astronomical Society. USA.
      Ghana Book Drive:
      Ghana Planetarium – Cornell University Astronomy Department
    • Book Drives
      Maldives Book Drive:
      Maldives Science Society – South Asian Physics Foundation
      Mali Book Drive:
      Faculty of Science and Technology University of Bamako – EurAstro
      Nepal Book Drive:
      Nepal Astronomical Society - Southern Maine Astronomers, Astronomical Society of Northern New England, St Anselm College in New Hampshire (USA)
    • Book Drives – on going
      Astro – Library for langitselatan (Southern Skies), Indonesia.
      Indonesian Book Drive:
      langitselatan – Various (NASA, European Southern Observatory, European Space Agency, University of Brussels and various other groups and individuals…)
    • Upcoming Book Drives
      Nigeria - Amateur Astronomical Club, University of Nigeria
      India - Gurudev Observatory
      Zambia - Space Generation Zambia
      Uganda - Mbarara University
    • Make a difference – Donate/ Share
      Make a difference – Request
    • Affiliations
      Astronomers Without Borders
      EurAstro
      Beyond IYA2009 – Special Project
    • Contact
      ThilinaHeenatigala.
      thilina.heenatigala@yahoo.com
      http://astrodrive.lakdiva.net/