Category Archives: Latin America + Caribbean

Virtual Program in Peru Improves Rural Teachers’ Scientific Competence

The goal of the CosmoAmautas project is to increase the scientific literacy in Peruvian school teachers and promote equity and inclusion in STEM education through teacher training. In 2022, we ran a 6-day virtual workshop to train 74 teachers in several topics across astrophysics with focus on applications of the scientific method. The participants were […]

Astronomy and Literature to Strengthen Public School Education

Although the majority of Brazil’s population is composed of black people and women, there is still an underrepresentation of women, black, LGBTQIA+ and indigenous people in the sciences, especially in Physics and Astronomy. In collaboration with pedagogues and cultural agents from our universities (UFRGS and UFRJ), Casa da Tia Ciata (Cultural Centre) and public schools, […]

Interactive Astronomy Workshops and Board Games in Guatemala

Guatemala is a country with limited access to scientific knowledge, particularly in remote areas and among economically disadvantaged populations. ‘Inclusive Astronomy in Guatemala‘ comprises a series of activities aimed at providing these populations with access to the dynamics of science, with the hope of fostering interest and development in science within their communities. These activities […]

Astrotourism and Entrepreneurship in a Small Town in Colombia

The small corner of the stars, a tiny house next to the OATA observatory at Tatacoa (Colombia) is the first astrotourism laboratory tied to local fauna and flora, astronomy and care of the environment. Through collaborative work with science clubs composed of scholars from the local school, the project is conducting experiments aimed to expand […]

Virtual Mentorship Program has Positive Impact on Colombian Students

The RECA mentor program accompanies undergraduate students from science and engineering careers through their graduate application process. This program pairs senior undergraduate students with mentors, who are professional astronomers (researchers, postdocs, PhD candidates, astronomers currently working in industry). The team provide material and guidance to junior students, through panels and workshops focusing on the possible […]