Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About UNAWE


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"Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About UNAWE"
C. Odman

Presented at: Global Hands-On Unverse
Lisbon, Portugal
July 2008

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About UNAWE

  1. 1. Universe Awareness Dr. C.J.Ödman, Leiden Observatory The Netherlands contact: carolina.odman@unawe.org GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ What is Universe Awareness?• Expose very young (4 - 10 years), underprivileged children to inspirational aspects of astronomy• Broaden young formative minds• Awaken curiosity in science• Stimulate world citizenship GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/
  2. 2. UNAWE : Why work with the youngest children? Autonomy Identity Physics for skills Self-esteem Morality Foundation of culture Judgement Recognition of cultural & individual differences UNAWE Appearance to others Science EducationSource: Astronet Report 2008 GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ Ingredients of UNAWE • Materials – Children’s books, Cartoons, Posters developed by professionals – Activities, Hands-on materials developed, sourced and disseminated across the network – Translated into various languages • Training – Coordinators in each country – Tailored to each community • International Network – Platform for outreach professionals and volunteers worldwide – Exchange of ideas, experience and materials GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/
  3. 3. UNAWE International experiences GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ Appreciation of Cultural Diversity• Constellations• Skypecasts – Cultural exchange – Crossing boundaries – Commonality of the sky• Young children in immigrant populations – Identification – Appreciation of difference GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/
  4. 4. Astronomy HeritageMexico, Chichen Itza ESO 1998 GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ UNAWE Community Building • Bottom-up approach • Community driven – Programmes – Materials and activities • Implicit quality assurance from usage and evolution of activities • Maximise interfaces with existing programmes: UNAWE brings – New approach to astronomy education – New target audience – Social goals – International Network GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/
  5. 5. UNAWE in GermanyGHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ UNAWE in ColombiaGHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/
  6. 6. UNAWE in IndiaGHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ UNAWE in VenezuelaGHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/
  7. 7. UNAWE in KenyaGHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ UNAWE in TunisiaGHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/
  8. 8. A picture of UNAWE GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ Active UNAWE groups Indonesia, India, Kenya, South Africa, Tunisia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Ireland, Bermuda, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/
  9. 9. UNAWE and the other IYA2009 cornerstones100 hours of Galileo Developing Galileoscope Teacher Training AstronomyAstronomy Programme Globally “Children’s hour”? Part of the Primary level UNAWE contributes to Event coordination Universe in a Box activities, training astronomy development From Earth to High Quality Images to the Universe distribute to children? UNAWE UNAWE increases awareness of astronomy cultural heritage Astronomy & Role models for For children who want to Meta-information UNAWE promotes participation World Heritage young girls? become astronomers for education? in e.g. Globe at NightShe is an Portal to the Dark Skies Cosmic Diaryastronomer Universe Awareness http://astronomy2009.org/ > Cornerstone Projects > Universe Awareness GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ UNAWE and GHOU • Complementary age groups – Potential for a sustainable and continuous programme • UNAWE sows the seeds of a positive attitude towards science • Materials for primary schools • Primary school teacher educator volunteer training • Empower teachers to teach science • Youth and older kids can deliver UNAWE • Anything you can think of, we are happy to look into GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/
  10. 10. Conclusion• UNAWE uses Astronomy to transmit some – Appreciation of diversity => Value systems – Critical thinking => Cognitive development – Human context of science – Global Citizenship => Identification in Society• Big impact on children’s value system• Feasible in all environments GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ How to join UNAWE ? http://www.unawe.org/join• UNAWE Project plan• UNAWE Project report• UANWE Country Planning• Sponsorship Request letter guidelines• UNAWE Template website GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/
  11. 11. UNAWE Project Plan• Initial brainstorm: Who, What, When, How?• Goal setting (e.g. run a primary school training session)• Project plan framework: – Goal – Expected impact – Timeline – List of Actions & their impact – Human resources – Material resources – Documentation and evaluation – Budget – Notes GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ UNAWE Project report: Goal• compare the outcome of a project with its objectives• identify the successes for further projects, fundraising and communication• identify and record the challenges faced, the solutions found, and the unsolved problems• serve as a reference for further projects GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/
  12. 12. UNAWE Project report: Use• UNAWE organisers: – keep a record of achievements and experiences – share the experience with other members of UNAWE nationally and internationally – communicate results to sponsors and supporters – support further fundraising efforts• UNAWE International Office: – promote and advertise people’s activities across the UNAWE network, on the international website and in any communication – show the community’s achievements when seeking support for UNAWE – put teams in touch with other UNAWE groups who wish to organise a similar action and who could to benefit from the experience GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ UNAWE Country Planning• Organisation of a national UNAWE programme• Brainstorm: – Target population – Existing structures – Governance – Implementation – Challenges• Vision: What would you like to offer to the children of your country?• Objectives: How to achieve the vision? GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/
  13. 13. UNAWECountry PlanningNational Structure GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ UNAWE Project Sponsorship request guidelines • Make a personal contact • Who are you and why should they be interested? • What is the expected impact of your project? • What is the expected visibility and sustainability of your project? • What form of support are you requesting and how much does it cost? • Describe the visibility of the sponsorship • Describe the usability of the sponsorship • Emphasise your availability for further discussion. • Enclose relevant information in your letter • Follow-up GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/
  14. 14. UNAWE Template Website Home This should be a welcome page saying what UNAWE is, and what UNAWE is in your country. This is a good place to say who supports UNAWE in your country. About Here you can detail your national structure for UNAWE, where you are UNAWE operating, etc. Projects This is where you describe your projects Materials Here you can put you materials and activities, and describe those you cannot put on the website directly. News Write news so that people see what is happening. For a calendar, see below. Support us Give information on how people can support your efforts. Contact Give people your contact details: postal address, telephone and fax numbers, email address. GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ UNAWE Template Website• http://www.unawe.org/join – Basic HTML – Manual included – Let us look at the template website• Email lists – @unawe.org – Google groups, Yahoo groups – Facebook, etc.• Calendars (public Google Calendar) GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/
  15. 15. UNAWE Toolkit evolution• Documents will be adapted according to usage• To come: Evaluation guidelines – Recording numbers, etc, – Collecting data: • Taking pictures, films, collecting testimonies, children’s art and creations, anecdotal evidence, feedback – Evaluation planning (before/after, formalised feedback, etc.) – Designed to identify the impact of UNAWE on children’s awareness and attitudes • Towards science and astronomy in particular • Towards each other • Their creativity, interests and enthusiasm GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ UNAWE : Everyone can join, Everyone can do itEssentially any astronomy outreach activity that• Targets 4-10 year olds• Is inspirational• Reaches out to the underprivileged• Acknowledges and includes cultural & folkloric astronomy is a UNAWE activity GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/
  16. 16. UNAWE : Everyone can join, Everyone can do it• Materials and Activities on the website (growing) http://www.unawe.org/• UNAWE en Español http://www.csic.es/unawe/• Send us your requests• Send us feedback GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/ Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. Plato Contact: carolina.odman@unawe.org GHOU 2008 - Lisbon http://www.unawe.org/