Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory


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"Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory"
Guia Pastorini

Presentation of the Outreach programme developed in Arcetri by Franco Pacini, Lara Albanese and Guia Pastorini. Presented at 2nd UNAWE International Workshop.

(Date: October 2006)

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Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory

  1. 1. Second Universe Awareness Multidisciplinary Workshop October 9 -13 2006Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory Lara Albanese – Franco Pacini - Guia Pastorini INAF- Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri Firenze 1 The Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory is located in Florence, Florence, close to the place where Galileo was confined in exile. Its exile. scientific activity is carried out by about 50 astronomers and post-doc’s.Outreach is part of its activity and it is done by post-doc’ many staff members on a part-time basis. basis. 1631-1642 2 2002 1
  2. 2. High school & general publicTelescope Observations (36 cm refractor)Cloud Chamber for Cosmic RaysLaboratories:Interferometry & Adaptive OpticsPlanetarium (Zeiss model 8 mt diameter) 3 Planetarium Sagittarius or Tea pot ? web site: 4 2
  3. 3. STAR-LABVerona (Mondadori Junior Festival)PistoiaCertaldoPesaro ( Festa de l’Unità ) 5Special Show: STARS, MITHS AND POETRY of the Italian writer Gianni Rodari Journalist, novelist, educational researcher and nursery rhyme and fairytale writer.Winner (1970) of the AndersenAward for childrens literature 6 3
  4. 4. “BAMBINEIDI”Open house for children: about 700 participants (mostly in the age range 5-10 yr) visiting the Arcetri Observatory for scientific games and activities, Star-Lab shows and telescope observations 7 We propose them amusing scientific laboratories…. 8 4
  5. 5. BOOKS FOR CHILDREN (also translated into foreign languages, Chinese and Arab). E.T. The stars The planets The galaxiesLara Albanese, Franco Pacini Reviews of books for children, reading’s suggestion, science on line 9 PROGRAM UNDER DEVELOPMENT: CHILDREN, STARS AND CONSTELLATIONS FROM CHINA (from November 2006 to May 2007) In Florence there is a very big number of Chinese children gettingtheir education in Italian schools The program is meant to foster multicultural relationship by usingthe sky, the miths and the traditions associated with astronomy The Programm will start with the temporary installation of theStarLab Planetarium in an elementary school in Florence, where we willpresent the Chinese mithology using a special cylinder provided byLearning Technologies During following months teachers and children will developadditional material and will prepare a final event, to be presented to thepublic at the end of the school year 10 5