In 2022, the OAD funded 17 projects that addressed local and global challenges. On February 24, 2023, these projects presented the results of their activities during the past year, also sharing their achievements and challenges.
AstroEdu3D – Archeoastronomy Teaching Kit in Bolivia
The project developed kits for teaching Cultural Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the context of the Tiwanakota culture of Bolivia. The aim is to support educators and students interested in astronomy and pre-Inca cultures of Bolivia to develop a class on Tiwanacota Archeoastronomy. The kits were developed with the participation of students and professionals. And virtual workshops were organized to introduce the kits to teachers.
Guide training workshop for tribal students, India
The project aims to develop an ‘earn & learn’ opportunity for tribal students by training them as astronomy guides and enabling them to earn income. This was achieved by training students in a manner so as to not interfere with their academic schedule. Simultaneously, an online networking platform is being developed to onboard the trained guides, their mentors & astrotourism event organisers.
Education for All: promoting education in internally displaced communities in Burkina Faso
The project organised astronomy-themed workshops in selected camps set up by the government to accommodate internally displaced persons. The workshops were aimed at children who should be attending primary school and featured various interactive and fun STEM activities and also recreational activities featuring cultural astronomy content. The materials were designed to alleviate the trauma endured by the camps’ young children (and also families) and stimulate in these children the interest to learn and attend school.
Astronomy training outreach for preschool teachers, Malaysia
Astronomy in early childhood curriculum is meant to increase involvement and interest in learning without causing children anxiety. Through this project, we provided exposure and awareness to the target groups about the relevance of astronomy in everyday life. The activities targeted preschool teachers, preschool students, and participants from the local community.
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