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Presentation by Pedro Russo and Edward Gomez for the conference: Global Science Collaboration Conference 2013 http://globalsciencecollaboration2013.sched.org/event/e95160ac7d39b7cfaf5f914978fe1121#.UTcqM-ugnCk

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    • Astronomy for Human Capacity Building: Children & Schools Pedro Russo (EU-UNAWE/Leiden Univ.) Edward Gomez (LCOGT/Cardiff Univ.) Co-Chairs of the IAU OAD Task Force 2: Children and Schools
    • Pillars of Capacity Building Stimulates imagination Brings perspective IAU OAD TF2 Children & Schools Primary   Educa4on   Gateway to sciences and engineering Science   Secondary   Public   Educa4on   Outreach     ASTRONOMY   Ter4ary   Research   Educa4on  
    • Our Vision By 2020 IAU OAD has facilitated: §  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 reached millions of children.
    • Children and Schools To use astronomy to inspire the very young andstimulate education, especially science education. Main Tasks: § To advise the OAD on Children & Schools matters § To support OAD Regional Nodes Activities § To facilitate interactions between pre-tertiary education stakeholders § To support the OAD fundraising § To run some key core projects
    • Core Project 1: Peer Review Platform §  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 forEducational 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 to a friend 5.  Review: Content and quality reviewed (and improved) by the community peers
    • Core Project 2: Astro Pack §  Demand for physical materials is high, mainly in the developing world. §  Many educational resources produced end up in storage rooms without being used. §  The idea is not to produce new materials but use the existing printed ones. §  Lend credibility to the material. §  Can be used without a computer (but if it is easy to provide digital copy we can consider this too).
    • Proposals from the Community Type of 2012 proposals: §  Teacher Training §  Resource Development §  Curriculum Research §  Visually Impaired Educational Material 94 Proposals (only 5 proposals accepted) € 772 079 requested (€ 27 000 granted)
    • EU Global Astronomy Education Projects  §  EU  Universe  Awareness:  Funded  by  the  EU.  §  EU-­‐HoU:  Connec4ng  classrooms  to  the  Milky  Way:   Funded  by  the  EU.  §  Las  Cumbres  Observatory  Global  Telescope  Network:   Educa1onal  ac1vi1es  coordinated  from  the  EU  with   emphasis  in  South  Africa.  Funded  by  private  donor.        
    • EU Universe Awareness Use perspective, inspiration and fun ofastronomy 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 Awareness 2011 European Union awarded EU-UNAWE 1.9 million eurosto fund the 3-year programme in 6 countries (TheNetherlands, Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy and South Africa)International Network §  Platform for teachers and development of professionals worldwide   §  Exchange of ideas, experience and materials   §  Coordinators and managers in each participating country, tailored to each country/community  Educational Material §  Games, cartoons, songs, hands-on material, etc.   §  Needs to be FUN and INTERACTIVE  Teacher Training §  Give teachers the confidence to introduce astronomy and other science topics in their classrooms   §  Teacher = strong multiplier
    • EU Universe Awareness 54 Countries (37 from developing world) 600+ Educators, Teachers & Astronomers
    • More information §  IAU OAD: www.astro4dev.org §  EU Universe Awareness: www.unawe.org §  EU-HoU: Connecting classrooms to the Milky Way: http://www.euhou.net/index.php/exercises- mainmenu-13/radio §  Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network: www.lcogt.net Pedro Russo @pruss | Edward Gomez @zemogle