The Universe Awareness Programme

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The Universe Awareness Programme

  1. 1. The Universe Awareness Programme Dr. C.J.Ödman, Leiden Observatory The Netherlands contact: carolina.odman@unawe.org ECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World 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 ECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World http://www.unawe.org/
  2. 2. 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 ECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World http://www.unawe.org/ UNAWE International experiences ECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World http://www.unawe.org/
  3. 3. Appreciation of Cultural Diversity• Constellations• Skypecasts – Cultural exchange – Crossing boudaries – Commonality of the sky• Young children in immigrant populations – Identification – Appreciation of difference ECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World http://www.unawe.org/ Science: a human activity in a human context• Tackling the “It’s not for me” problem• Appreciation does not require understanding, understanding comes with appreciation• Science is approachable and tractable• Science is the result of a process present in all cultures• The outcome of science is human heritageAstronomy is the best ambassador for this message ECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World http://www.unawe.org/
  4. 4. Astronomy HeritageMexico, Chichen Itza ESO 1998 ECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World http://www.unawe.org/ ECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World http://www.unawe.org/
  5. 5. Conclusion• UNAWE uses Astronomy to transmit some important values: – Appreciation of diversity => Value systems – Critical thinking => Cognitive development – Human context of science – Global Citizenship => Identification in Society• Biggest impact is at a young age• Feasible in all environments ECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World http://www.unawe.org/ UNAWE in Germany ECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World http://www.unawe.org/
  6. 6. UNAWE in ColombiaECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World http://www.unawe.org/ UNAWE in IndiaECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World http://www.unawe.org/
  7. 7. UNAWE in Venezuela VIDEO!ECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World http://www.unawe.org/ UNAWE in Kenya VIDEO!ECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World http://www.unawe.org/
  8. 8. UNAWE in Tunisia VIDEO!ECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World 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 Serbia Turkey Lesotho Brazil EgyptECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World http://www.unawe.org/
  9. 9. Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. PlatoECSITE 2008 - Skies of the World http://www.unawe.org/

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