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UNIVERSE AWARENESS in the UK            It’s all about opportunitiesCarolina Ödman                      RAS National Astro...
Astronomy for Peace Education• Science                           • Multidisciplinary    – Investigation, curiosity        ...
INGREDIENTS OF UNAWE• Material  Games, cartoons, songs, hands-on material       • Entertaining and developed by profession...
UK Opportunities• Cultural Background                        Reference: Wikipedia, 2001 Census                 Education  ...
Educationhttp://www.dfes.gov.uk/                Opportunity in the UK• Astronomy community  –   History and heritage  –   ...
Washington Charter on EPO• Washington Charter             adopted in 2003                                 revised in 2005 ...
Astronomy Outreach Funding• STFC    – The Science and Society programme forms part of STFCs      overall communications st...
Concrete Project Plan• A group coordinating UNAWE - UK    – Identify communities to involve    – Identify means of deliver...
Tomorrow morning• Video exchange between SALT communities and  Harris Primary School in Preston ~30 minutes•   What is you...
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Universe Awareness in the UK: It's all about opportunities

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"Universe Awareness in the UK: it's all about opportunities"
C. Odman

Presented at: National Astronomy Meeting, UK 2007
Preston, United Kingdom
April 2007

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Universe Awareness in the UK: It's all about opportunities

  1. 1. UNIVERSE AWARENESS in the UK It’s all about opportunitiesCarolina Ödman RAS National Astronomy Meetingcarolina.odman@unawe.org University of Central Lancashire April 17, 2007 UNAWE Philosophy• Initiative for a worldwide scientific culture.• Expose very young (ages 4 - 10 years), underprivileged children to the inspirational aspects of astronomy. – Broaden their perspective – Enhance their understanding of the world – Demonstrate the power of rational thought• By broadening children’s minds, UNAWE will help stimulate tolerance and internationalism 1
  2. 2. Astronomy for Peace Education• Science • Multidisciplinary – Investigation, curiosity – The big questions – Ambassador for all sciences • FUN! – Development of – Beautiful images technology – Extreme conditions• Culture – Unreachable yet – History available to all past & in the making! – Cultural heritage Motivation• Beauty and size of the Universe excite Young Children• Basic knowledge of the Universe is a Birthright• Ages 4 - 10 are crucial for Child Development• Knowledge about the Universe can broaden the mind• Why young and underprivileged children? – Need is greatest – Cognitive disparities increase with age – Cultural differences less pronounced 2
  3. 3. INGREDIENTS OF UNAWE• Material Games, cartoons, songs, hands-on material • Entertaining and developed by professionals (ECD/didactics) • Translated into various languages and cultures• Training • Dialogue, dissemination, feedback, evaluation • Tailored to each country and community• International Network • Communication between teachers and development professionals worldwide • Exchange of ideas, experience and materials • Coordination of independent initiatives UNAWE as of October 2006 3
  4. 4. UK Opportunities• Cultural Background Reference: Wikipedia, 2001 Census Education UNAWE age group 4
  5. 5. Educationhttp://www.dfes.gov.uk/ Opportunity in the UK• Astronomy community – History and heritage – Cutting-edge research – Participation in technology development – Worldwide visibility – IYA 2009• Sociology – Cultural diversity and social agenda – Recognised need for science education • Needs stimulating at an early age 5
  6. 6. Washington Charter on EPO• Washington Charter adopted in 2003 revised in 2005 applied in 2009?... Washington CharterFor Funding Agencies [...] Encourage international collaboration on public outreach and communication activitiesFor Professional Astronomical Societies [...] Endorse standards for public outreach and communication Make public outreach and communication a visible and integral part of the activities and operations of the respective societies 6
  7. 7. Astronomy Outreach Funding• STFC – The Science and Society programme forms part of STFCs overall communications strategy, involving public engagement and public accountability.• RAS – Committed to Education Challenge:• Royal Society .. Curriculum...• Institute of Physics• Private sources• c.f. this afternoon Discussion this afternoonFrom 16:00 onwards• Goal: Form a group to start UNAWE UK with the following objectives – Young children (4 - 10) – Underprivileged (marginalised communities) – Inspirational rather than educational programme 7
  8. 8. Concrete Project Plan• A group coordinating UNAWE - UK – Identify communities to involve – Identify means of delivery – Identify synergies with existing programmes• ==> Strategic plan• Dialogue with implementers – Also exploit the international dimension of UNAWE• Funding opportunities• Coordination with the International Office (Leiden, NL) Benefits• International dimension – For Children – For Educators• Social agenda• Scientific culture• Democratisation of science• IYA 2009 Opportunity 8
  9. 9. Tomorrow morning• Video exchange between SALT communities and Harris Primary School in Preston ~30 minutes• What is your name?• Where are you from / Where are you now? (Country)• What grade are you in?• How old are you?• What is the weather like over there? (hot/cold)• What season are you having?• When is your summer/winter? (what month is hottest/coldest)• What time is it there?• What time does it get dark over there? (sunrise? Sunset?)• What time does it get dark in other seasons?• Does it snow there in winter?• Does it rain a lot? When does it rain more? Summer/Winter?• Do you have lots of trees? Big? Green? Vegetation? 9

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