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2019

DAP project wins Techstars Global Startup Weekend in Pakistan

Team members of the DAP project founded a social enterprise called Cosmic Perspective, a sustainable and consistent platform to conduct Astronomy education and outreach in Pakistan in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. The idea was pitched at the Techstars Global Startup Weekend (TGSW) event in Lahore hosted by the …

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Call for volunteers

The Molo Mhlaba primary school in Khayelitsha (www.molomhlaba.org) is incredibly excited to announce the launch of its Astronomy Program, which aims to: 1. Develop 20 astronomy-focused classes aimed at primary school students; 2. Recruit, train, and employ Khayelitsha-based, female high-school graduates to run these classes both at Molo Mhlaba and …

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Results of the 2018 Annual Call for Proposals

The OAD is pleased to announce the results of its 2018 annual call for proposals. Twenty projects will receive funding from the IAU in 2019 to address challenges using astronomy-related interventions. Projects funded include a school program in India that will use astronomy to dispel potentially harmful superstition; education programs …

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Overview

In spite of our advanced space program, India still suffers from the evils of blind faith and superstition. It is time for the scientific community to rise up and act against this growing trend. To encourage rational thinking in people, it is important to inculcate scientific temper in students at …

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Overview

Pre-algebra skills – ratios, proportions, linear equations – are the foundation of all higher maths and sciences, yet are not well taught in most countries. Such math tends to be a gate-keeper in many countries: for example, 70% of US adults are, on average, are pre-algebra illiterate (Eric Gaze, https://search.proquest.com/docview/1696012768?pq-origsite=gscholar). …

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