Astronomy in Timor- Leste, Transit of Venus 2012, A Universe Awareness Student Ambassador Project
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A team of four Universe Awareness Student Ambassadors from Leiden University developed a project to implement a series education and public outreach activities in Timor-Leste on the occasion of a rare ...

A team of four Universe Awareness Student Ambassadors from Leiden University developed a project to implement a series education and public outreach activities in Timor-Leste on the occasion of a rare astronomical event: the transit of Venus 2012, the last in our life time. This project aimed to start an on-going collaboration between EU-UNAWE and Timor-Leste and to engage the Timor-Leste children with science and technology and broaden their horizons. The 5-day long programme included children’s activities, teachers training workshop, public talks, public exhibition and a massive public observing event of the transit of Venus. This experience brought to light many lessons on organising such event of this scale in a developing country, and we present the funding experience during this talk.

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Astronomy in Timor- Leste, Transit of Venus 2012, A Universe Awareness Student Ambassador Project Astronomy in Timor- Leste, Transit of Venus 2012, A Universe Awareness Student Ambassador Project Presentation Transcript

  • A Universe Awareness Student Ambassador Project Ainil Abdullah, Cindy Gunwan, Carla Natario, Jaya Ramchandani, and Pedro Russo
  • What can a student ambassador do?
  • What can a student ambassador do? Workshops
  • What can a student ambassador do? Workshops Educational Resources
  • What can a student ambassador do? Workshops Educational Resources Online Communication
  • What can a student ambassador do? Workshops Educational Resources Online Communication National and Global Projects
  • What can a student ambassador do? Workshops Educational Resources Online Communication National and Global Projects
  • Global Visibility of 2012 Transit of Venus
  • Global Visibility of 2012 Transit of Venus
  • Global Visibility of 2012 Transit of Venus
  • Use the occasion of the Transit of Venus 2012 to start an on-going collaboration between UNAWE and Timor-Leste for inspiring children with our wonderful cosmos.
  • Use the occasion of the Transit of Venus 2012 to start an on-going collaboration between UNAWE and Timor-Leste for inspiring children with our wonderful cosmos. Dates: May 31 to June 8, 2012
  • The experience of organizing from far and how we raised funds
  • The LU Team in Timor-Leste
  • The LU Team in Timor-Leste Children’s activities + Assisting whoever needs it
  • The LU Team in Timor-Leste PR, Logistics, Administrative, Media, Advertisement Children’s activities + Assisting whoever needs it
  • The LU Team in Timor-Leste University exhibition + talks PR, Logistics, Administrative, Media, Advertisement Children’s activities + Assisting whoever needs it
  • The LU Team in Timor-Leste University exhibition + talks PR, Logistics, Administrative, Media, Advertisement Children’s activities + Assisting whoever needs it Funding + Resources + Teacher training
  • The LU Team in Timor-Leste Overall PM + Public Event University exhibition + talks PR, Logistics, Administrative, Media, Advertisement Children’s activities + Assisting whoever needs it Funding + Resources + Teacher training
  • May 31 Getting Organized
  • June 1 Astronomy Activities
  • June 2 Teacher Training Workshop
  • June 3 More Preparations
  • June 4 University Exhibition on Astronomy
  • June 4 …followed by talks
  • June 4 …and demonstrations
  • June 5 More Astronomy Activities
  • June 6 Transit of Venus Observations
  • June 7 Discussing the Future
  • Engagement Developing A Informal Contact Understanding B Connect C Practice Identifying D E Passive Active Collectors Participation Participation & Analysts Amateur Researchers Russo & van den Broek, Engagement levels in astronomy communication, CAP2013, Warsaw
  • Engagement Developing A Informal Contact Understanding B Connect C Practice Identifying D E Passive Active Collectors Participation Participation & Analysts Amateur Researchers Hard to estimate Russo & van den Broek, Engagement levels in astronomy communication, CAP2013, Warsaw
  • Engagement Developing A Informal Contact Hard to estimate Understanding B Connect C Practice Identifying D E Passive Active Collectors Participation Participation & Analysts Amateur Researchers 3800 Public Russo & van den Broek, Engagement levels in astronomy communication, CAP2013, Warsaw
  • Engagement Developing A Informal Contact Hard to estimate Understanding B Connect C Practice Identifying D E Passive Active Collectors Participation Participation & Analysts 3800 Public Amateur Researchers 800 Children 30 Teachers Russo & van den Broek, Engagement levels in astronomy communication, CAP2013, Warsaw
  • Behind the scenes…
  • Government Level Contacts • Cabinet of the Minister of Education • Cooperation Affairs Adviser, National University of Timor-Leste • Portuguese Embassy • Ministry of Tourism • European Delegation
  • Contacting the Local Teachers • School: Science Teacher, Ana Bessa, from Escola Portuguesa de Díli shows interest • University: Teresinha Soares, Head of Physics Department, happy to include us
  • Funding Sources • LKBF (Travel Grant): €2000 • HE Space: €1000 • Astron: €400 • Crowdfunding: €888 • EU-UNAWE: €3072 About €7,500
  • Expenses • Tickets: €4,745.39 • Lodging (hotel in Jakarta): €455.20 • Others (food, visa, airport tax): €1,050.06 • Solar googles + activities materials: €447.61 • Printing costs: €662.42 About €7,500
  • Plenty In-Kind Contributions • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Escola Portuguesa de Díli University of Timor-Lorosae Camões Institute Foundation Oriente Portuguese Astronomical Society Baader Planetarium IAU Office of Astronomy for Development EurAstro AstroBook Drive/ Boston University PCs4kids NASA Sun-Earth Connections Berkeley Science Education Centre ESO Bosscha Observatory, Bandung Institute of Technology Art Sorrisus -Dental Implant Institute, Alverca, Portugal. Sália Pharmacy, Setúbal, Portugal Alola Foundation, Timor-Leste UN Peacekeeping programme
  • Plenty In-Kind Contributions • • • Escola Portuguesa de Díli University of Timor-Lorosae Camões Institute • Foundation Oriente • • • • • • • • • • • • • Portuguese Astronomical Society Baader Planetarium IAU Office of Astronomy for Development EurAstro AstroBook Drive/ Boston University PCs4kids NASA Sun-Earth Connections Berkeley Science Education Centre ESO Bosscha Observatory, Bandung Institute of Technology Art Sorrisus -Dental Implant Institute, Alverca, Portugal. Sália Pharmacy, Setúbal, Portugal Alola Foundation, Timor-Leste • • • • • • • • • Telescopes Books Accommodation Transportation Educational material Laptops Solar Glasses Time People
  • Logistical Arrangements • Escola Portuguesa de Díli • University of Timor-Lorosae • UN Peacekeeping Programme
  • Ongoing Collaboration • Skype Teleconference • Universe in a Box Localisation and Teacher Training starts in November
  • Take Home Messages
  • Take Home Messages • Students can contribute a lot to outreach
  • Take Home Messages • Students can contribute a lot to outreach • Focus on people, not resources
  • Take Home Messages • Students can contribute a lot to outreach • Focus on people, not resources • More local contact beforehand
  • Take Home Messages • Students can contribute a lot to outreach • Focus on people, not resources • More local contact beforehand • Crowdfunding is a great idea for small projects
  • Take Home Messages • Students can contribute a lot to outreach • Focus on people, not resources • More local contact beforehand • Crowdfunding is a great idea for small projects • In-kind contributions can take you a long way