Universe Awareness Presentation

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"Universe Awareness Presentation"
C. Odman

Presented at: TNSF - UNAWE Workshop
Chennai, India
March 2007

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Universe Awareness Presentation

  1. 1. UNIVERSE AWARENESS UNAWE THANKS• Professor Ramanujan• IMSc - Institute of Mathematical Sciences• TNSF - Tamil-Nadu Science Forum – UNAWE philosophy very similar 1
  2. 2. WHAT IS UNIVERSE AWARENESS? Programme that will Expose DISADVANTAGED young children (4 – 10) to INSPIRATIONAL aspects of astronomy “UN-AWE” GOALS• By exposing very young (4 - 10 years), underprivileged children to inspirational aspects of astronomy. – Broaden their perspective – Enhance their understanding of the world – Demonstrate the power of rational thought• By broadening children’s perspective, UNAWE is intended to help stimulate tolerance and internationalism 2
  3. 3. MOTIVATION• Beauty and size of the Universe excite young children and stimulate their imagination – J. B. S. Haldane (1927) “The Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.” e.g. Hubble images CRADLE OF STARS 3
  4. 4. EXPLODING STARS IN DEATH CONVULSIONS “CATS-EYE” NEBULA Dying star throws off shell of glowing gas 4
  5. 5. CRAB NEBULA – REMNANT OF A DEAD STAR LETS TRAVEL OUTSIDE OUR MILKY WAY GALAXY 5
  6. 6. GALAXY OF A BILLION STARS CENTRE OF A GALAXY 6
  7. 7. COLLIDING GALAXIES “SPIDERWEB GALAXY” THE SPIDER AND THE FLY (UK Nursery Rhyme, Mary Howitt, 1821) “Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly, Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy; Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain, 10.6 billion light years from Earth For who goes up your winding stair can neerGALAXY BECOMES LARGE AND MASSIVE MONSTER come down again." BY “EATING UP” MANY SMALL GALAXIES 7
  8. 8. MOTIVATION • Beauty and size of the Universe excite young children • Basic knowledge of the Universe is a birthright • Knowledge about the Universe broadens the mind • Ages 4 - 10 are crucial for child development • Most need for economically disadvantaged children INGREDIENTS• Material – Games, cartoons, songs, hands-on material • Entertaining and developed by professionals • Translated into various languages and cultures• Training – Tailored to each country and community – Involve teachers, activists, parents, family, community leaders• International Network – Platform for teachers and development professionals worldwide • Exchange of ideas, experience and materials – World-wide programme enhances effectiveness • Whole greater than sum of parts 8
  9. 9. DEVELOPMENT PHILOSOPHY - 1• Will target children in diverse environments – Basic, intermediate, advanced – Europe (e.g. inner cities) and emerging countries• Modular and phased – Will take account of stages in child development (e.g. Piaget)• Will be bottoms up – Driven by the needs of educators in participating countries and organisations• Inspiration paramount – Emphasis on play, entertainment and humour • TSNF philosophy DEVELOPMENT PHILOSOPHY - 2 • General approach to stimulate awareness of – Earth, sky, sun, planets, solar system, galaxy, Universe • diverse human family, beauty, scales, adventure • Will exploit ethnic heritage of astronomy – Intangible cultural heritage – Helps enhance self-esteem 9
  10. 10. MEGALITHIC “ASTRONOMY” Inner Mongolia, Baimiaozi, 4000 BC Egypt, Nabta 4300 BC Ireland, Newgrange, 4500 BC Japan, Kanayama ~ 3000 - 4000 BC Egypt, Karnak, 2000 BCEngland, Stonehenge, 3100 BC SOME EARLY “OBSERVATORIES” Brazil, Calcoene, 700 AD Mexico, Chichen Itza, ~ 1100 AD China, Gaocheng, 1279 AD Peru, Macchu Piccu, 1000 AD Easter Island, 1460 AD Cambodia, Angkor Wat, 1000 AD 10
  11. 11. UNAWE - FROM IDEA TO FULL PROGRAMME -1• February 2004: Initial Discussion with ESO• May 2005: First UNAWE Workshop – ESO, Garching, Germany• September 2005: Appointment of UNAWE Coordinator at Leiden – Dr. Carolina Ödman• 2005 – 2006: Endorsements – Institutions • 12, including 4 international orgnisations – Individuals • Including 3 Nobel Prize winners, Prof. Federico Mayor, Sir Bob GeldhofUNAWE - FROM IDEA TO FULL PROGRAMME - 2• 2006: Feasibility of Universe Awareness proven – Successful pilot projects – Enormous worldwide enthusiasm and interest – Potential sources of international and national funding• 22 August 2006: Official Launch Of Universe Awareness – General Assembly of International Astronomical Union Mentioned specifically in inaugural address by Catherine Cezarsky, incoming President IAU and DG, ESO Cornerstone of IAU/ UNESCO International Year of Astronomy 2009 11
  12. 12. UNAWE - FROM IDEA TO FULL PROGRAMME - 3• October 2006: Funding for Development – Netherlands Minister for Education, Culture & Science – 2 positions for 3 years » Project Manager, Materials Coordinator• 2007 -2009: Development Seek funding for implementation• 2009 - : Implementation and evaluation TIMELINE 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 PREPARATION DEVELOPMENT IMPLEMENTATION EVALUATION • 2009 (International Year of Astronomy) – At least 4 emerging countries and 4 EU member states 12
  13. 13. SUMMARY - UNAWE• Goals: SOCIAL, EDUCATIONAL + SCIENTIFIC• Demonstrated need• Considerable international support• Funding for DEVELOPMENT• Promising funding possibilities for IMPLEMENTATION• Implementation of full programme in several countries from 2009 FINALLY• India + TNSF are important partners• UNAWE philosophy similar to TNSF – TNSF lessons relevant outside India• Workshop programme is exciting 13
  14. 14. QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS?http://www.UniverseAwareness.org/ 14

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