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Bringing The Stars To Kids

23 Oct 2009, 11:10 UTC
Bringing The Stars To Kids
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In the light of IYA2009, early this year I started a project here in Serbia which was designed to bring the subject of astronomy and the Universe to the youngest. Sufficient funds were approved, but things being the way they are here, we got those funds late this summer, so now we’re working on this with double than planned speed and it’s sometimes exhausting but it’s way more fun than I thought it would be. The concept of astronomy and things related is introduced late in the 5th grade in the elementary schooling system in Serbia, as a part of a general geography class. Our idea was to start even earlier – to bring astronomy to 1st and 2nd-graders.

We designed a few little interactive exercises/games for the kids that is supposed to teach them about the things they already are aware of – the Sun, the Moon, the Earth and it’s spin, and the night and day. And here is how this looks like. We start of with introducing ourselves (me and my colleague Ivana Horvat) as astronomers and explaining to kids that that means. Of course, before explaining any concept we ask them what they think ...

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