Astronomy EPO for Development

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Presentation by Pedro Russo during the Science Day at Leiden Observatory, the Netherlands (17/9/2012)

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Astronomy EPO for Development

  1. 1. AstronomyEducation and PublicOutreach for DevelopmentPedro Russoe. russo@strw.leidenuniv.nlt. @pruss | @unawe
  2. 2. MissionTo enable the astronomicalcommunity to take an active role inexplaining what we do and discoverto our fellow citizens*.* especially children
  3. 3. Our Workflow vision & projects & infrastructure tangibleenthusiasm strategy programmes and tools results
  4. 4. Science Communication “Spectrum” Christensen & Russo, 2007
  5. 5. Science Communication “Skills” Christensen, 2007
  6. 6. Selected Projects
  7. 7. Universe Awareness Use perspective, inspiration and fun of astronomy to:  Introduce young children from disadvantaged backgrounds to the excitement of science  Enhance their understanding of the world and demonstrate the power of critical thinking  Broaden children’s minds  Stimulate world citizenship
  8. 8. EU Universe Awareness2011 EU awarded UNAWE 1.9 million euros to fund the 3-year programmein 6 countries (The Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy and SouthAfrica)1. International Network  Platform for teachers and development of professionals worldwide  Exchange of ideas, experience and materials2. Educational Material  Games, cartoons, songs, hands-on material, etc.  Needs to be FUN and INTERACTIVE3. Teacher Training  Give teachers the confidence to introduce astronomy and other science topics in their classrooms  Teacher = strong multiplier
  9. 9. UNAWE: Network 38 Countries (27 from developing world) 6 EU-UNAWE  The Netherlands  The UK  Germany  South Africa  Italy  Spain 500+ Educators, Teachers & Astronomers
  10. 10. UNAWE: Int. Conference  Lorentz Centre Workshop, March 2012  55 participants (35 from developing countries)  Curricula for Different Ages  Culture in Astronomy Education  Teacher Training  Resources  Evaluation  Next int workshop: October 2013 (Heidelberg, Germany)
  11. 11. UNAWE: Resources Online resources: open-source (creative commons license) ~70 educational resources (from activity plans to books) August 2011: Science Magazine’s SPORE (Science Prize for Online Resources in Education) Award
  12. 12. UNAWE: Space Scoop Astronomy news service for children aged 8+ in collaboration with ESO, NASA Chandra, Europlanet, ASTRON, RAS, ... Share with children the excitement that the latest scientific discoveries bring Demonstrate that there is still much to learn about the Universe (research that they could contribute to in the future) 93 Space Scoops since March 2011 Translations in 16 languages Distributed by AAAS Science EurekAlert!, national newspapers and magazines.
  13. 13. UNAWE: Universe in a Box Educational Kit Modular and Customizable Low-cost Materials Localizable with UNAWE Network Easy to Reproduce Phase: Prototyping (to 20 countries) Business development by Jaya Ramchandani (Master Astronomy/Science Based Business)
  14. 14. UNAWE: Teacher Training Give teachers confidence through hands-on astronomy activities Multiple teacher trainings per country each year (NL: ~4 sessions/year) ~ 30 teachers per session # teachers trained in 6 countries: 450 # children reached by teachers trained (~numbers): 15 000
  15. 15. IAU - International Astronomical UnionOAD - Office of Astronomy for Development
  16. 16. Use astronomy to stimulatedevelopment at all levelsincluding primary, secondary andtertiary education, scienceresearch and the publicunderstanding of science.
  17. 17. Elements of Astronomy for Developments
  18. 18. IAU OAD: School and ChildrenIn the next 10 years the OAD needs to facilitate: the training of hundreds of thousands of teachers. the inclusion of astronomy in the curriculum of dozens of countries. the production and distribution of hundreds of educational resources for teachers and children. the organisation of thousands of events for children.And in this way engage millions of children.
  19. 19. IAU OAD: School and ChildrenIn the next 10 years the OAD needs to facilitate: the training of hundreds of thousands of teachers. the inclusion of astronomy in the curriculum of dozens of countries. the production and distribution of hundreds of educational resources for teachers and children. the organisation of thousands of events for children.And in this way engage millions of children.
  20. 20. IAU OAD: School and ChildrenTask Force to drive activities related to usingastronomy to inspire the very young and stimulateeducation, especially science. Implement some core projects Issue a Yearbook Astronomy Education Manage annual call for proposals
  21. 21. Peer Review Platform for Educational ResourcesA platform for astronomy communicators to discover, review, redistribute, submit and remix educational resourcesA platform to review and obtain objective guidance on the resources, have successful resources published in a central repository and receive IAU approval/accreditation.
  22. 22. Peer Review Platform for Educational Resources 1.Reuse - e.g., make a digital copy of the content 2.Revise - e.g., translate the content into another language or modify a learning activity 3.Remix - e.g., incorporate the content into other content 4.Redistribute - e.g., give a copy of the content to4R Resource a friendRepository Model(David Wiley, 2009)
  23. 23. Peer Review Platform for Educational Resources 4R Resource 5R Resource Repository Model (Russo Repository Model et al. 2012 in prep.) +1 : Review: Content and quality reviewed (and improved) by the community peers
  24. 24. Peer Review Platform for Educational Resources output in many different formats - PDF (print quality and low-res), .odt, HTML, epub, mobi, etc. Syndicated through document sharing sites (OER, Issuu, Slideshare), mobile devices and other social media networks. Status: Technical proof of concept
  25. 25. IAU OAD: Call for proposals Projects must fall within remit of astronomy education for development Small projects – max of €1000 per proposal. Medium projects – max of €5000 per proposal. Large projects – max €10,000. Deadline: 23:59 UTC on Sunday, 30th September 2012 NWO/OAD Visiting Experts Programme (for astronomers based in the Netherlands)http://www.astro4dev.org/cfp
  26. 26. A Survey of Astronomical Research Identifying Countries in “Astronomy Development” # of publications of research papers (ADS): indicator of professional development in the field of astronomy. Events like IYA2009 have a positive impact Long term visits have an positivie Riberiro & Russo, 2012 impact in the “publishing culture”.
  27. 27. Communicating Astronomy with the Public Journal
  28. 28. Communicating Astronomy with the Public journal Free peer-reviewed journal for astronomy communicators documenting and absorbing knowledge (“Teach and Train”); providing a basis for discussions; compelling further progress; establishing priorities in the field; furthering careers (through documentation of the excellence of the individual); and helping to avoid the duplication of effort.
  29. 29. Communicating Astronomy with the Public journal 12 issues (2007 – 2012): 3 issues/year 1 800 subscribers 129 articles:  15 research & applications  21 articles by research astronomers Next issue: October 2012 www.capjournal.org
  30. 30. Other projects Survey: Astronomers’ Views on Education and Public Outreach Media Impact of Astronomy Research: Hacking Google news and astronomy press-release- distribution service
  31. 31. WebsitesUniverse Awareness: www.unawe.orgUniverse Awareness NL: nl.unawe.orgIAU Office of Astronomy for Development: www.astro4dev.orgCommunicating Astronomy with the Public journal: www.capjournal.org

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