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

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

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    • AstronomyEducation and PublicOutreach for DevelopmentPedro Russoe. russo@strw.leidenuniv.nlt. @pruss | @unawe
    • MissionTo enable the astronomicalcommunity to take an active role inexplaining what we do and discoverto our fellow citizens*.* especially children
    • Our Workflow vision & projects & infrastructure tangibleenthusiasm strategy programmes and tools results
    • Science Communication “Spectrum” Christensen & Russo, 2007
    • Science Communication “Skills” Christensen, 2007
    • Selected Projects
    • 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
    • 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
    • UNAWE: Network 38 Countries (27 from developing world) 6 EU-UNAWE  The Netherlands  The UK  Germany  South Africa  Italy  Spain 500+ Educators, Teachers & Astronomers
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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)
    • 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
    • IAU - International Astronomical UnionOAD - Office of Astronomy for Development
    • Use astronomy to stimulatedevelopment at all levelsincluding primary, secondary andtertiary education, scienceresearch and the publicunderstanding of science.
    • Elements of Astronomy for Developments
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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”.
    • Communicating Astronomy with the Public Journal
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Other projects Survey: Astronomers’ Views on Education and Public Outreach Media Impact of Astronomy Research: Hacking Google news and astronomy press-release- distribution service
    • 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