EU Universe Awareness Presentation at PCST2012
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EU Universe Awareness Presentation at PCST2012 EU Universe Awareness Presentation at PCST2012 Presentation Transcript

  • Inspiring every child with our wonderful cosmosPedro RussoUNAWE/Leiden University, NLe. russo@strw.leidenuniv.nlt. @unawe | @prussf.
  • INsPIRATIONUse perspective, inspiration and fun of astronomy to: - Introduce young children to the excitement of science - Enhance their understanding of the world and demonstrate power of rational thought - Broaden children’s minds - Stimulate world citizenship, tolerance
  • Universe Awareness Astronomy-based program with social goals Exposing disadvantaged young children (ages 4 to 10) to the inspirational aspects of astronomy
  • EU-UNAWE Development of UNAWE programs in 6 countries over 3 yearsThe Netherlands Germany The UK Spain Italy South-Africa 1. 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 2. Educational Material - Games, cartoons, songs, hands-on material - Needs to be FUN and INTERACTIVE 3. Teacher Training - Give teachers the confidence to introduce astronomy and other science topics in their classrooms - Teacher = strong multiplier
  • 1. Network 40 Countries (6 EU-UNAWE) 500+ Educators/Teachers/Astronomers
  • 1. Network• International website:
  • 2. Educational material • Online resources: open-source (creative commons license ) • August 2011: Science Magazine’s SPORE Science Award! Science Prize for Online Resources in Education Showcase of best educational resources available online‘Deadly Moons’
  • 2. Educational materialSpace ScoopRegular breaking news update for childrenShare with children the excitement that the latest scientific discoveries bringDemonstrate that there is still much to learn about the Universe – research that they could contribute to in the future
  • 2. Educational materialSpace Scoop:Collaboration with ESO, NASAChandra, South African AstronomicalObservatory, Royal AstronomicalSociety and EuroplanetTranslations in 16 Languages
  • 2. Educational materialUNIVERSE iN a BOX
  • 2. Educational material UNIVERSE iN a BOX Resonates with UNAWE’s mission of didactic, interdisciplinary, and cultural content LocalizableModular and Low-cost Easy to with UNAWECustomizable Materials Reproduce Network
  • 3. Teacher Training340 hours of teacher traning in 6 countries:Number of teachers trained in 6 countries: 375Number of children reached by teachers trained (~numbers): 15 170
  • www.unawe.orgFunded by Consortium Part of Armagh Observatory