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September 2015

GHOU 2015 Presentations Online

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During August 2015, scientists and teachers from many corners of the world met at the GHOU 2015 conference to share developments and great ideas to engage the public and in particular students in topics related to science, in particular Astronomy. New tools and ideas were presented and old best practices revived. Presentations and abstracts of the conference can be viewed and downloaded at:

http://handsonuniverse.org/ghou2015/program/

Save the Date: GHOU 2016 and 2017

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GHOU 2016 will be in Norway with the support of Professor Oded Ben-Horin from Stord\Haugesund University– More information coming soon. But in the meantime reserve your seat for the 2017 total solar eclipse – Western Kentucky University invites members and friends of Global Hands-On Universe to register for the GHOU 2017 conference and Galileo Teacher Training Programme (GTTP) workshop. The scientific program will be scheduled to allow participants to be able to view the total solar eclipse of 21 August 2017. Bowling Green is in the path of totality and is a short drive from the location where the duration of totality is greatest. Tentative dates of the conference is from 16 to 19 August 2017 at the Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky. Save the Date: Global Hands-On Universe Conference 2017 and guarantee your place. Deadline for manifestation of interest in order to find lodging is 15 October.

More info: http://handsonuniverse.org/ghou2017/

GTTP Community Around the World

Some captures from GHOU 2015, GTTP international workshop and IAU General Assembly, Hawaii. More images on Facebook: GHOU2015 and GTTP workshop.

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Global For Local

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‘Global For Local’ is a new programme to support astronomy education & outreach one project at a time. This programme will allow you to raise funds for small, local astronomy projects needing up to 500 US Dollars. To participate, simply send the project information. Through an evaluation process, a priority list according to the relevance/impact of the project will be determined. Then these selected projects will be set up the crowdfunding campaign on Fiat Physica platform for a month. Once the campaign finishes, Galileo Teacher Training Program will send you the money via wire transfer. It is then your responsibility to use the funds to complete your project and reward the donors as described in your project.

Read more: http://galileoteachers.org/global-for-local/

Big Ideas of Science Challenge

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Many students often argue that the school science curriculum they have is so packed that eventually they forget most of the things they learn at school shortly after they graduate, especially when they continue their studies on irrelevant subjects. The Big Ideas of Science challenge by Go-Lab targets this particular argument and focuses on giving the floor to the students so as to communicate their ideas and aspirations on the matter. This challenge will give you the opportunity to design a simple science curriculum of your own and make a proposal on how to organise it. During the challenge you will also have a unique chance to discover for yourself what it is you would really like to learn about science at school and communicate your ideas and wishes to your teachers.

Read more: http://golab.ea.gr/big_ideas/

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