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"Welcome to the Universe Awareness Workshop"
George Miley

Presentation of the Universe Awareness programme. Presented at 2nd UNAWE International Workshop.

(Date: October 2006)

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  • 1. UNAWE WELCOME UNIVERSE AWARENESS WORKSHOP LORENTZ CENTER WHAT IS UNIVERSE AWARENESS? Programme that willExpose DISADVANTAGED young children (4 – 10) to INSPIRATIONAL aspects of astronomy “UN-AWE” 1
  • 2. GOALS• By exposing very young (4 - 10 years), underprivileged children to inspirational aspects of astronomy. – Broaden their minds – Enhance their understanding of the world – Demonstrate the power of rational thought• By broadening children’s minds, UNAWE will help stimulate tolerance and internationalismUNAWE - FROM IDEA TO FULL PROGRAMME -1• Initial Discussion with ESO 2004• First UNAWE Workshop, ESO May 2005 – Dr. Cecilia Scorza D’Appl Chair, Education Committee• Appointment of UNAWE Coordinator at Leiden, September 2005 – Dr. Carolina Ödman• Endorsements• First approaches to EU, UNESCO and Dutch government for funding 2
  • 3. ENDORSEMENTS TO DATE• Individuals – Several distinguished astronomers – 3 Presidents of International Astronomical Union (IAU) – 3 Nobel Prize winners – Sir Bob Geldof, Entertainer*Development Aid Fundraiser – Federico Mayor, former Director General of UNESCO• Organisations – 4 international organisations, including IAU – 7 national organisations, including 6 Dutch institutionsUNAWE - FROM IDEA TO FULL PROGRAMME - 2• Feasibility of Universe Awareness proven – Successful pilot projects – Enormous worldwide enthusiasm and interest – Potential sources of international and national funding• Official Launch Of Universe Awareness – 22 August 2006 at General Assembly of IAU Mentioned specifically in inaugural address by Catherine Cezarsky, incoming President IAU and DG, ESO 3
  • 4. 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 2ND INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSE AWARENESS WORKSHOP LEIDEN, 9 – 13 OCTOBER 2006• Wide geographical distribution – ~ 50 people, 19 countries, 5 continents• Multidisciplinary – teachers, astronomers, child development experts, science outreach experts, international aid specialists, anthropologists 4
  • 5. SOME TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION - 1• Child development and UNAWE – Inspiration and development of cognitive skills vs age and environment• Science vs belief systems and UNAWE – How do we deal with religion, astrology and myth?• Environments and UNAWE – Delivery in basic environments – Role of parents, family and community leaders – Class twinning• Lessons from Venezuela and Tunisia SOME TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION - 2 • Material development and UNAWE – Fantasy vs reality • Training and Different Environments for UNAWE – Requirements for coordinators and recruitment – Training methods – Role of parents and family • Assessment of UNAWE – Methods – Control samples and followup 5
  • 6. SOME TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION - 3• Feasibility and candidate target countries – Potential National Action Committees – Support from authorities – Funding sources for national implementation – Synergetic programmes to “piggy-back” – homework• Funding – Preparation • Dutch Academy (KNAW), ESO, Leiden University, Lorentz Center – Development – Implementation • EU Framework 7, UNESCO? 6
  • 7. IMPLEMENTATION AND TARGET COUNTRIES- 1• Is there a feasible National Action Committee? – Optimum composition • Multidisciplinary – e.g. teachers, astronomers, child development, outreach, policy makers, business people • Geographically distributed • Ethnic representation • Dedicated and capable IMPLEMENTATION AND TARGET COUNTRIES- 2• Is passive/ active support from authorities likely? – How ambitious a programme? • Number of contact-hours per year • Number of years • Ages• Are there synergetic programmes to work with in joint ventures? 7
  • 8. IMPLEMENTATION AND TARGET COUNTRIES- 3• Country-specific requirements for material – Number of languages – Specific ethnic content• Country-specific requirements for training – Background of coordinators – Number of coordinators needed • Reach 1000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000 children – Recruiting coordinators – Incentives, salaries etc. – Frequency of training courses IMPLEMENTATION - 3• Cost Estimates – Programme to reach 1000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000 children• Country-specific potential sources of funding? – National government – Exchange program with other potential UNAWE target country – Possible sources to approach for sponsoring • Specific industries, Foundations, Philanthropists • Tactics and next steps• Possibilities for media and game production? 8