ALMA supports astronomy education activities throughout Chile

16 August, 2011

The last month has been intense in terms of educational activities supported by ALMA Observatory in Chile:

Astroday in La Serena

To familiarize the community with scientific research on the Universe, 15 astronomical institutions from Chile and abroad participated in Astroday, an event organized by the Gemini Observatory on July 16 in La Serena. ALMA presented information about its projects to the nearly 2,500 Astroday participants, who also attended lectures, practical workshops and a mobile planetarium.

3rd National Olympics of Astronomy and Astronautics in Antofagasta

It was a major undertaking: 100 students from 12 regions came to Antofagasta from July 28 to 30 to participate in the Olympics, organized by the Paranal Astronomy Outreach Center-Universidad Católica del Norte and the Chilean Astronomical Society, with sponsorship from ALMA.

In addition to a student competition, the Olympics featured presentations, teacher workshops, educational activities (launching of small rockets), a photography exhibit (“From the Earth to the Universe”), an astronomical café and a Star Party with seven telescopes at Cerro Paranal.

News from the Universe in Santiago

What exists beyond our planet? How was our planet created? How will it evolve? These are some of the questions answered in the remarkable interactive exhibit created by Explora-Conicyt in partnership with ALMA and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). The exhibit is on display this August at the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center (GAM).

The exhibit is free and consists of eight interactive activities housed in a dome. It is open to the public and guided tours are available for school groups until August 21.