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  • 1. Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory EUNAWE Kickoff Meeting – Leiden The Team: Lara Albanese Franco Pacini Alessandra Zanazzi Francesco Palla Director OAA
  • 2. Galileo at Arcetri: Villa Il Gioiello
  • 3. Main outreach activities• Day- and night-time visits• Lectures at the Planetarium• Open days and special events• Education activities (teachers students, parents )• Special projects
  • 4. Amici Telescope(1866 – 37 cm)Fully restored and(almost) perfectlyworking, it is themain attraction forpeople visiting theObservatory
  • 5. On a clear night, it can show thecraters of the moon, the rings ofSaturn, the moons of Jupiter, the Orionnebula, passing comets and muchmore…
  • 6. In the Observatory premises there’s also there’s a recently built open sky theatre And a solar system scale model
  • 7. Mainactivities• Day- and night-time visits• Lectures at the Planetarium (13000/y)
  • 8. The program includes lectures forschools (Monday through Friday) andthe general public (Thursday night;Sunday afternoon)
  • 9. Main activities• Day- and night-time visits• Lectures at the Planetarium• Special events and open days (1000/y)
  • 10. Special events: The Annual ScienceFestival in Genoa (2007, 2008, 2009);Festival della Creatività, in Florence;Mondadori Junior festival in Verona
  • 11. Open daysEach year the Arcetri Observatoryopens its gates to ~ 500 children (and~ 1000 parents), an event called“Bambineide” ( = A Children’s Epic)
  • 12. The “Bambineide” exploits the fascinationof astronomy to attract primary-schoolchildren in a scientific research institution,where they can familiarize withastronomical instrumentation, askquestions to professional astronomers …
  • 13. … and take part in simple scientificexperiments with sound, air and light,promoting a hands-on approach toscience
  • 14. Young spectroscopists at work (under the expert’s eyes)
  • 15. During the visit, children can partake ina show inside a Starlab planetarium,observe the night sky and listen tostories about the constellations andtheir mythology
  • 16. Mainactivities• Day- and night-time visits• Lecturesat the Planetarium• Open days and specialevents• Education activities (teachers students, parents )
  • 17. Education, mainly addressed to primary schools• Courses and round tables on astronomy education for teachers (in the framework of Pianeta Galileo programme )• Activities for students and educational projects (Cieli di Rodari, etc)• Courses for parents• Professional astronomer conferences and ‘ask to an astronomer’ events in the schools
  • 18. Come and Visit us!
  • 19. Main activities• Day- and night-time visits (7000 /y)• Lectures at the Planetarium (13000/y)• Open days and special events (1000/y)• Education (teachers students, parents )• Special projects
  • 20. Special projects:The Sky over China, amulticultural experience (2005)sponsored by the International UniverseAwareness program
  • 21. The idea came firts of all from the consideration thatin our country there’s a high percentage offoreigners, mainly distributed in suburbandisadvantaged areas Foreign students (%) Primary school 2008/2009Since the sky and itsdemocratic principlesassociate people from allover the world, we exposeprimary and nursery schoolchildren to the fascinationof the night sky as seen indifferent parts of ourplanet, in order tostimulate a globalcitizenship feeling
  • 22. The idea: to overcome language barriers using pictorial and theatrical expression. Use astronomy and the sky mithology as a bridge between different cultures[The star Vega as the chinese WeavingPrincess falling in love with Altair, theImperial Herdsman]
  • 23. Relying on the belief that every child has got his own favourite language to communicate and that thevariety of languages helps to understand the world, we generally organize the work in three stages:1. a visit to the mobile planetarium of our observatory, where we show the sky as seen from Italy, as well as from the part of the world under consideration.
  • 24. 2. discussions with the teachers and children with the idea of collecting and rediscovering the myths and legends which the families relate to their children; science experiments in the classroom; meet the astronomer
  • 25. 3. finally the children plan their own planetarium show which they accompany with drawing, stories and sound effects and different techniques such as shadows puppet theatre
  • 26. The sky over China
  • 27. Our plan is to keep going with the «Skies of theworld», working with children especially indisadvantaged communities and areas, all overthe countryT1 – Training primary school teachers all over thecountry to provide inspiring lessons to young children,using the «Skies of the world» method
  • 28. • Pilot schools for experimenting and testing educational materials, methodologies, languages with children AND teachers• training courses for teachers(both on the ‘skies of the world’ experience and resourcesand on translated/adapted ones).Declared in the project’s DoW: 75+100 teachers 1500+2000 children (20 x teacher)AA 2010-2011• Montagnola : 10 class-groups x 25 students = 20 teachers + 250 students,• Zafferana Etnea April 11th – 15th children book festival• Contacts in progress: Reggio Emilia, Ferrara, Pistoia, Firenze
  • 29. T1: Train and empower primary school teachers ineach partner country to provide inspiring lessons toyoung children, involving the Universe and space.T2: Develop, translate and disseminate hands-on andinquiry-base educational resources in each of thepartner countries, emphasising European and SouthAfrican science and technology.T4: Expose substantial numbers of young children inItaly to awareness of the Universe, emphasizingastronomy and space sciences for developingperspective and an appreciation of the rationalmethod.WP5 – TEACHER TRAININGWP7 - RESOURCES
  • 30. • T3: Provide a network for the exchange of expertise and material between educators of young children in EU member states, Associated Countries and International Cooperation Partner Countries.• T5: Foster interaction and exchange of best practice between professional scientists and primary level educators. Teachers training all over the country & participation in events + Italian web site WP6 NATIONAL COMMUNICATION