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Building on the International Year of Astronomy: Making young children aware of the Universe

Objective

EU-UNAWE responds to the outreach part of the Coordinating Action for FP7-SPACE-2010-1. It meets the specific requirements of the call (Section 1.1.2.4).
EU-UNAWE exploits inspirational aspects of astronomy and space to interest very young disadvantaged children in science and technology, broaden their minds and stimulate European and global citizenship. The proposal builds on Universe Awareness (UNAWE), a unique, innovative and proven programme for children aged 4 to 10 years. It will exploit the achievements of European (EU) and South African (SA) space sciences to inspire, excite and stimulate young children, when their curiosity is high and their value systems are being formed. Specifically, EU-UNAWE will: - Train and empower primary school teachers in 6 countries to include astronomy and space topics in the classroom. - Develop and translate hands-on material, where appropriate emphasising EU and SA science and technology. - Provide a network for exchange of expertise and material between educators - Lay the groundwork for expansion of the programme throughout the EU, Associated Countries and ICP Countries. - Act as a showcase for EU and SA astronomy/space and related technologies, by disseminating the products among very young children, their teachers and their families. - Use astronomy/space products to stimulate awareness and strengthen public support for EU and SA space science research and technology. - Stimulate the next generation of EU and SA engineers and scientists, particularly girls. - Contribute to the integration of disadvantaged communities in participating countries. - Strengthen collaboration between EU and SA over mutually beneficial scientific, technological, educational and social topics. - Provide significant added value for Europe’s expenditure on astronomy and space sciences for a modest incremental cost. Pooling complementary expertise and resources of 6 partners gives a project whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy
  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-CA - Coordination (or networking) actions

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 814 823
Administrative Contact
Ton Brouwer (Mr.)

Participants (5)

RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 258 799,93
Address
Seminarstrasse 2
69117 Heidelberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andreas Quirrenbach (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 237 251,51
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cristina Costa (Ms.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 232 956,14
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Serena Donati (Dr.)
NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 159 976,34
Address
Meiring Naude Road Brummeria
0001 Pretoria
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kevindran Govender (Mr.)
ARMAGH OBSERVATORY AND PLANETARIUM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 199 770,48
Address
College Hill
BT61 9DG Armagh
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mark Bailey (Prof.)