Astro Book Drive - sharing materials to improve astronomy education in developing countries

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Presentation at 11th Asian-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting (APRIM2011) – Chiang Mai, Thailand. 26 – 29 July 2011

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Astro Book Drive - sharing materials to improve astronomy education in developing countries

  1. 1. Astro Book Drive<br />sharing materials to improve astronomy education in developing countries<br />ThilinaHeenatigala<br />Founder - Astro Book Drive<br />Session 8: Astronomy Education and Popularization of Astronomy.<br />11th Asian-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting, Chiang Mai, Thailand. July 26-29, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Pilot Project: Sri Lanka Book Drive 2006 – Boston University Astronomy Department.<br />Founded in September 2009 by ThilinaHeenatigala and Prof. John Clarke (Boston University).<br />
  3. 3. a global initiative to share astronomy materials with developing countries to improve astronomy education. <br />materials are donated by astronomy related groups from wealthy countries. <br />materials are used towards teaching and conducting programs for students, teachers and public. <br />as a result of running book drives, groups build a special bridge between them which leads up to various other programs as well.<br />
  4. 4. Old School method?<br />VS.<br />
  5. 5. Process <br />Sources from developed world<br />Groups from developing world<br />Astro Book Drive<br />
  6. 6. Book Drives<br />Mozambique Book Drive: <br />Mozambique Astro Club – Girl Scouts from CA, USA<br />Jamaican Book Drive:<br />Jamaica Astronomical Association – Royal Astronomical Society of Canada<br />Rwanda Book Drive:<br />Rwanda IYA2009 – Australia IYA2009<br />
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  9. 9. Book Drives<br />Côte d’Ivoire Book Drive:<br />Ivoir’Astro - EurAstro<br />Afghanistan Book Drive:<br />Afghanistan Astronomical Association – StarPals Organization<br />Tanzania Book Drive:<br />UNAWE-Tanzania – Greater Portland Astronomical Society. USA.<br />Ghana Book Drive:<br />Ghana Planetarium – Cornell University Astronomy Department<br />
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  14. 14. Book Drives<br />Maldives Book Drive:<br />Maldives Science Society – South Asian Physics Foundation<br />Mali Book Drive:<br />Faculty of Science and Technology University of Bamako – EurAstro<br />Nepal Book Drive:<br />Nepal Astronomical Society - Southern Maine Astronomers, Astronomical Society of Northern New England, St Anselm College in New Hampshire (USA)<br />
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  16. 16. Book Drives – on going<br />Astro – Library for langitselatan (Southern Skies), Indonesia.<br />Indonesian Book Drive:<br />langitselatan – Various (NASA, European Southern Observatory, European Space Agency, University of Brussels and various other groups and individuals…)<br />
  17. 17. Upcoming Book Drives<br />Nigeria - Amateur Astronomical Club, University of Nigeria<br />India - Gurudev Observatory<br />Zambia - Space Generation Zambia<br />Uganda - Mbarara University<br />
  18. 18. Make a difference – Donate/ Share<br />Make a difference – Request<br />
  19. 19. Affiliations<br />Astronomers Without Borders<br />EurAstro<br />Beyond IYA2009 – Special Project<br />
  20. 20. Contact<br />ThilinaHeenatigala.<br />thilina.heenatigala@yahoo.com<br />http://astrodrive.lakdiva.net/<br />

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