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The EU Universe Awareness (EU-UNAWE) programme uses the beauty and grandeur of the cosmos to encourage young children, particularly those from underprivileged backgrounds, to develop an interest in science and technology and to foster a sense of global citizenship. EU-UNAWE is already active in 40 countries and comprises a global network of almost 500 astronomers, teachers and other educators. In 2011, the programme was awarded a grant of 1.9 million euros by the European Union so that it can be further developed in five European countries and South Africa. This grant is being used to organise teacher training workshops and to develop educational materials, such as an astronomy news service for children and games.
During this presentation we will outline some of the biggest achievements of EU-UNAWE to date, such as being awarded Science Magazines prestigious SPORE award, the development of a new online astronomy education resource repository, the development of the low-cost astronomy activity kit Universe in a Box and the launch and successful expansion of their astronomy news service for children; Space Scoop. Over the course of a year, Space Scoop has become the biggest and best resource for astronomy news for children, with partnerships with six top-level astronomy institutes (like NASA and ESO) around the world and releases now being available in 16 languages. Moreover EU-UNAWE teacher training has reached 375 teachers in 2011, and its activities have reached more than 15 000 children in the same year. In this presentation we will also discuss future plans for the programme.
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