Presenting UNAWE (November 2008)

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This presentation gives an overview of the Universe Awareness programme and how to join it. Feel free to read it and use it. Let us know any remarks you may have about it. (Date: November 2008)

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Presenting UNAWE (November 2008)

  1. 1. Universe Awareness contact: carolina.odman@unawe.orgUniverse Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  2. 2. 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 Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  3. 3. UNAWE : Why work with the youngest children? Fraction of pupils exposed to astronomy at school (24 European countries. Normalised by country, not population) 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 Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  4. 4. Ingredients of UNAWE• Materials – Activities, Hands-on materials developed, sourced and disseminated across the network – Children’s books, Cartoons, Posters professionally developed – 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 Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  5. 5. 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 Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  6. 6. Appreciation of Cultural Diversity• Constellations• Skypecasts – Cultural exchange – Crossing boundaries – Commonality of the sky• Young children in immigrant populations – Identification – Appreciation of difference Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  7. 7. Astronomy HeritageMexico, Chichen Itza ESO 1998 Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  8. 8. UNAWE International experiencesUniverse Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  9. 9. A picture of UNAWE Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  10. 10. Active UNAWE groups (as of May 2008) Indonesia, India, Kenya, South Africa, Tunisia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Ireland, Bermuda, Venezuela, Colombia, ChileUniverse Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  11. 11. 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 Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  12. 12. Universe Awareness: Astronomy for Peace• UNAWE uses Astronomy to transmit – Appreciation of diversity => Value systems – Critical thinking => Cognitive development – Global Citizenship => Identification in Global Society – Human context of science• Impact on children’s value system• Feasible in all environments Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  13. 13. 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 Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  14. 14. 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 Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  15. 15. 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 Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  16. 16. 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 Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  17. 17. 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? Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  18. 18. UNAWECountry Planning:possible nationalstructure If useful: not a requirement to join UNAWE, but can be useful to coordinate efforts on a national scale. Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  19. 19. 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-upUniverse Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  20. 20. 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.Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  21. 21. UNAWE Template Website and Communication• http://www.unawe.org/unawe/ : online version of template – Requires basic understanding of HTML – Manual included• Email lists – We can provide email lists @unawe.org – Google groups, Yahoo groups – Facebook, etc. – See http://tinyurl.com/unawe-email-lists• Calendars – Join our public Google Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/unawe-google-calendar Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  22. 22. UNAWE Toolkit evolution• Documents will be adapted according to usage: – Please send us your feedback• To come: Evaluation guidelines how-to – Record numbers, etc, – Collect data: • Take pictures, films, collect 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 Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  23. 23. 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 Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  24. 24. 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/• All we ask for is: – Send us your requests – Send us feedback Universe Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/
  25. 25. Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. Plato Contact: carolina.odman@unawe.orgUniverse Awareness for Young Children http://www.unawe.org/

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