Overview of the project

Project leader: Shahjahan Mridha, s_mridha238@yahoo.com
Project location: Bangladesh

Project Description:

A pilot astronomy project will develop an Astronomy Outreach Center in Bangladesh. The Center will be the first of its kind in Bangladesh and aspires to fulfill two goals cited in the IAU Strategic Plan:

– the role of astronomy in promoting global tolerance and citizenship, and
– being inspirational for careers in science and technology.

The center will be integrated with local schools and colleges for regular observation and small-scale research. The facility will be used to train local children and their teachers with hands-on observing sessions, in astrophotography, observing of variable stars, etc.. This will enhance the children’s understanding of the world and convey the scale and beauty of the universe, thus providing a broader perspective on our place in the universe. Hopefully this will help to form tolerant and internationally minded adults.